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Chapter 8. Managing the Preschool Years > Involving Your Preschooler in the Fam...

Involving Your Preschooler in the Family Schedule

For your family's schedule to run smoothly, all family members must do their part. Preschoolers want to emulate the older members of the family, which gives you the perfect opportunity to get them involved without any hassle. All you have to do is remember to keep their involvement fun.

Selecting Appropriate Tasks

For you to be successful both in terms of getting cooperation from your child and in terms of getting something accomplished, you'll want to select tasks for your child that match his abilities. Children of preschool age generally have eached a stage in their development at which they have fairly coordinated large motor skills as well as the reasoning ability to do tasks that require matching objects or counting small quantities. They also enjoy most things that involve water. With these characteristics in mind, you can put together a short list of chores for each of your preschoolers. If you need some help getting started, look at the list in Table 8.3. About 15 minutes of chores a day is a good target amount to use as a starting point.


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