Teaching Your Child Self-Care Skills
By the time your child starts grade school, she's probably learned the basics of how to dress herself, wash her hands, brush her teeth, and use the toilet independently. But now that she's older, some of the self-care skills she needs to master are a little more complicated, such as:
- Taking a bath or shower by herself
- Washing, combing, and brushing her hair
- Choosing a hair style and maintaining it
Concepts of Modesty and PrivacyAt this point in your child's life, it's important for her to understand the concept of modesty and the difference between public and private behavior. She may not realize, or care, that others can see her if she's using the toilet with the bathroom door open or the window shade up. Explain why taking a bath, undressing, scratching an itch, and various other behaviors are supposed to be done in private. That may seem silly to her or hard to understand at first, but with your help she'll begin to recognize what behavior isn't acceptable in front of others.
It might be helpful to make a checklist of what she needs to do to ensure privacy; for example:
- Close the bathroom door and pull down the window shade before you use the toilet or undress to take a bath or shower.
- Close your bedroom door before you take off your clothes to put on your pajamas.
- Be sure your zippers are zipped and buttons are buttoned when you get dressed in the morning.
- Do the same thing before you leave the bathroom.
- Assign specific places for all the things your child uses.
- If several bottles are the same size and shape, add a visual or tactile label to identify each one. For example, put a rubber band around the shampoo bottle and leave the conditioner unmarked.
- Keep her bath towel where it will stay dry while she's bathing but be within easy reach.
Etiquette Classes for Ages 7-15 and offer an excellent opportunity to reinforce education of proper etiquette and good manners, as well as strengthen the ability to interact with others. Our interactive classes teach courtesy, respect and sensitivity for others through role-playing exercises, activities and illustrated handouts. Our classes work with the parents to build a solid foundation for proper etiquette that will last a lifetime.
“Possessing good manners helps children build confidence, increase self-esteem, improve communication skills, make friends, and create a positive impression on others.”