Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Life Skills and Independence

We have been taking small steps to teach Kai life skills and prepare him for being more independent.

For a couple of years now, I have had him make Mom's coffee on weekends when he wakes up before she does. He also has been responsible for taking out the garbage and recycling.

Last spring, we taught him how to do the laundry.

Since then, he has been doing his own laundry every week. It is one of his Sunday chores to put his dirty laundry for the week into the washing machine, then switch over to the dryer, and finally fold or hang the clean clothes and put them away.

The past few weekends, I have had him help me while I make breakfast.

Here he is stirring the batter for crepes...

And slicing fruit...

And putting the fruit into the crepes...

I'd like to have him to do in the kitchen, perhaps being able to prepare and cook some easy dishes on his own.

We have also had him shovel the snow on occasion from our driveway and walkway.

Looks like it will be a good winter for shoveling.

With Kai now more than halfway through his freshman year of high school, we have been thinking more and more about his future and life after high school. We don't know whether he will be able to go on to college. We don't know what type of job he will be able to get. But we at least want to prepare him for the basic skills he will need to live on his own and be less reliant on others.

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