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catholic family faith: Toddlers & Preschoolers CAN Help, Too!

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catholic family faith: Toddlers & Preschoolers CAN Help, Too!.

My 2 3/4 year-old grandson has the current habit of slumping his shoulders and loudly sighing when he gets frustrated. He especially does this when he wants to do something or help, but isn’t able to do so. He gets frustrated that he’s too short or isn’t coordinated enough to accomplish a task or is told that he can’t do something. He still has his tantrums when he’s too overwhelmed, but this shoulder-slump-sigh is progress…at least I think it’s progress. He’s recognizing his limitations, even if he doesn’t like them.

As much as I am able, I try to help him find things that he can do. He loves to help me feed the bunnies, cats, and Jessie, our dog. He loves to help sweep – even though I usually have to re-sweep after he leaves. He loves to help water flowers – and me. He loves to help move clothes from the washer to the dryer and from the dryer to the basket. He stirs his own chocolate milk – while I hold the cup. He pops his own popcorn – and I pull it out of the microwave and put it in the bowl. It seems that each time he comes over, he has a new activity that he wants to try and do. And he beams when I tell him, “Good job!” That smile and skip in his step warm my heart.

It’s important for parents and grandparents to encourage and be open to their little ones to help with simple activities. It helps develop their physical and cognitive abilities. It encourages them to put others first. It gives them confidence. Consider encouraging your preschooler to help with these Household Chores for Preschoolers and watch them grow.

As your child or grandchild accomplishes tasks, encourage them to give thanks and praise to God for their abilities. A simple “Thank you, God, for letting me…” teaches our children to remember that all our gifts and abilities come from God, to Whom we should always be thankful.

And as your child or grandchild gets frustrated with the things they may not yet be able to do, pray for patience and perseverance. Consider offering “Prayer-Outs” rather than “Time-Outs.” “Prayer-Outs” are like Time-Outs in that they give us – children and adults, alike – some time away from whatever is making us frustrated. In a Prayer-Out, though, after we calm down, we ask God to help us be more patient, kind, understanding, loving, thankful, and forgiving.

Turning to God in prayer in good times and in bad is a great habit to develop along with helping.

Author: parentingbeyondthepew

I am a cradle Catholic happily married and the mother of two grown kids. I am passionate on helping and guiding any parents needing support and advice with for over 26 years in parenting education. I am an Academy for Coaching Parents and Families certified parent coach. I am now employed as a Family Involvement Specialist in Colorado.

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