The ‘Care for Another‘ learning practice is something that many parents around the world use in order to help their child develop skills such as loving and caring for someone other than themselves. This learning practice can be implemented using a number of different resources - it’s best to pick one that is most appropriate for the age of your child.
This particular learning practice can be applied on children from as young as 2 years old and right up to the age of a young adult (i.e. children that are currently attending high school). Take a look below at the different resources you can use to teach this method.
Caring for dolls (Ages 2+)
This method is appropriate for all ages, especially toddlers. The idea is that you get your child to be the mother or father of someone else (in this case, a doll). Teach your child the basic methods of caring for another - for example, feeding, diaper changing, playing with, putting to sleep etc. You can actually buy interactive dolls that cry and go toilet, so they can really be put to the test.
Caring for plants (Ages 5+)
This method is appropriate for children that are old enough to be out in the garden competing in a physical activity. Teach your child the idea of caring for another living thing, in this case, a plant. Dedicate an area in your backyard for this. Get them to plant the seed or bulb themselves and teach them about looking after it (i.e. watering it, checking it on a daily basis etc).
Caring for a pet (Ages 10+)
This method is most ideal for children who are old enough to take full responsibility for another living thing - for example, a cat or a dog. Pets are great companions for everyone in the family, and can be a great asset to helping your children to develop great skills that they’ll use later in life. Here’s some information about what they’ll need to know about bringing a new pet into the family.