7 Tasks that 13-year-old Children Should Be Able to Do on Their Own

Your child will always be your little baby, no matter how old or big they get. Despite this, it’s important to le...
Your child will always be your little baby, no matter how old or big they get. Despite this, it’s important to let them take responsibility for themselves at some point. You won’t always be there to do certain things for them. They will strike out on their own someday, and they have to be able to manage themselves without you hovering around.

At the age of 13, your child shouldn’t need you so much anymore. It’s only infants, toddlers, and kids with special needs that would rely on you completely for everything. Let your strong teen take charge of his life and actives during these formative years. It’ll pay off in the later years.

Here are 7 simple tasks your child should be able to perform at the age of 13:

Clean up their room

Your child should know how to work a vacuum cleaner or a mop at the ripe old age of 13. If you use a cleaning service, it’s good home training to tell the cleaners to let your kid’s room be. Young teens must learn to pick their clothes off of the floor, toss their litters in the bin, clean their windows, vacuum the floors, and most importantly, make their own beds.
These domestic skills won’t just make them more responsible, it will teach them cleanliness and how not to litter a living space.

Get themselves out of bed
It’s convenient for thirteen-year-olds to have their parents come in every morning to get them out of bed. Unfortunately, it’s not good for their upbringing. They are always going to be tardy when they go off to college. They have to learn to drag themselves out of bed when the alarm goes off. Buy them an alarm clock that doesn’t have a snooze button (if such a thing exists). It’ll ring until they can’t take it anymore, and they’ll have to plop out and go get ready for the day.

As time goes on, their bodies will become accustomed to waking up at a particular time, even without the alarm sounding.

Do their own laundry
If your teen can maneuver Snapchat and Instagram, a washing machine should be a piece of cake. They should be able to pack up their laundry and use the machine effectively. Take time to teach them how to sort, mend, wash, dry, and iron. It will be useful to them and the extra stress will be reduced on your part, especially when it comes to ironing. Teach them how to take extra care with the appliance, and they’re good to go.

Cook their own meals
A thirteen-year-old should be able to whip up some dishes and snacks without your assistance. They should know how to fix breakfast and lunch for themselves, especially if the adults are always busy or in a hurry. The most important thing is to teach them kitchen safety rules. They should know how to carefully work the gas cooker, the oven, the deep fryer, and the pressure pots. The quality of their meals will improve with time. Practice makes perfect.

Get themselves ready for school
Little children always need someone to help them get ready for school. Someone to bathe them, get them dressed, fix their hair, tie their shoes, pack their books, and remember what they’re supposed to bring along. Thirteen-year-olds should be able to do all these on their own. You don’t have to fuss over them while they’re getting ready for school.

They’re big kids now. They can take care of themselves. They should remember to take their homework, textbooks, and projects to school. They can use sticky notes to recall their morning activities until they get completely used to running the routine on their own.

Be Able To Talk About Academic Issues with Their Teachers
There are certain issues about a child’s academic work that should be taken directly to the parents. The teachers have to let the parents know the situation of things when the need arises.

Other times, it’s important that young teens be allowed to iron out some issues with their teachers. You won’t always be there to defend them and speak for them when they strike out on their own. It’s good training to let them take charge of some of the issues going on in their own livers.

It’s difficult but necessary.

Taking care of their own pets
Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. It’s the first step to teaching kids how to be hands-on parents. At the age of 13, your kids should be responsible pet owners. They should be taught how to clean up poop perfectly well, feed the pets, clean out the cage or kernel, and take the animal out for a walk. If the animal is coming down with an illness, a child of 13 should be able to notice it and get an adult’s attention.

It’s difficult to watch your kids grow up and take responsibility for their wellbeing. A part of you is happy to get the stress out of your hands, and another part wants the sweet three-year-old that was dependent on you for everything. Children must grow, and it’s important that they can perform these 7 tasks and more at the age of 13.