10 Simple Life Skills Kids Should Master by Age 5 (Think: Wipe Their Own Butts)

If there’s one thing no one will ever accuse me of, it’s being a helicopter parent. You know, the kind of parent who’s constantly swooping down on her kids to do something for them that they should be able to do themselves. No hovering here.

I want them to be self-sufficient, after all. It makes them confident, responsible, and helps them grow up. Not that I want them to grow up faster or anything. I just prefer to not, you know, be packing a 16-year-old's lunch every day.

My kids are 5, 7, and 9. At their ages, these are the things I expect them to know:

*I said expect. We're still working on number 6.

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