One preschool teacher explained that 4 and 5-year-olds are ready to take responsibility for self care skills like:
- Taking off their jackets and hanging them up.
- Putting their lunch box on the appropriate shelf.
- Checking off their name on an attendance sheet.
Abby has difficulty making decisions in the classroom and knowing what to do without being told. For example, one day when it was time for lunch, the teacher asked Abby what she thought she should be doing. Abby looked confused and sat down. The teacher explained that actually she should be washing her hands before lunch.
It’s hard for children to learn to think for themselves when their parents do too much thinking for them.