Responsibilities can even stem from as early as infancy. Again, I admit that I’m the one that tends to “hold back,” as in the case of my twin babies and their ability to hold their bottles. I realized that if I never let them hold their bottles on their own—yes, it’s messy and takes longer, but—they’ll have a more difficult time finally acquiring this skill.
Blogger Nina Badzin and I seem to agree (and not just because we bear the same name!). Her post “Helpful vs. Helpless Kids” on Brain Child describes her own struggles with picking up after her children more often than she probably should. She realizes that she’s enabling this sense of helplessness in her kids when, most likely, they really aren’t so.
And thus I learned 7 surprising reasons why it’s okay—beneficial, in fact—to hand our kids more responsibilities and take a step back, however much we feel inclined to coddle. For me, #5 is the biggest reason, while #7 doesn’t hurt to have, either! Check out the infographic:
Do you give your kids enough responsibilities? What positive outcomes have you seen from your kids taking on more tasks and chores? Let us know in the comments below (and download the infographic PDF here):