What Your Child Should Do on Their Own by Middle School

Children need to know various skills at different stages in their lives, in order to later become functional adults. If your child is about to start middle school, here are some of the things they should be able to do on their own.

Wash and dry dishes– While loading and unloading a dishwasher may be an easy feat, children should know how to wash and dry dishes the old-fashioned way. This will show kids exactly how dishes get cleaned.

Do laundry– Children who are middle school aged should know how to do laundry from start to finish. This includes sorting dirty laundry, washing, drying and folding clothes. This is a great way for kids to learn personal responsibility.

Prepare simple foods- While children at this age aren’t going to be able to cook a gourmet meal, they should know how to prepare simple things like a ham and cheese sandwich or an English muffin in the toaster.


Handwrite and send a letter– In today’s world of computers, many kids have no idea how to write and send a letter, or even what a letter is really. By middle school age, kids should know the five parts of a letter (date, greeting, body, closing and signature), how to address an envelope, how to place a stamp on the envelope, how to put the letter in the envelope and how to place the letter in the mailbox to mail. They can send a letter to a relative or friend who lives in a different state.

Know basic first aid– You really can’t expect a child of this age to be able to splint a fractured leg, but they should know some basic first aid skills. For instance, they should know where the first aid kit is in the home, how to apply pressure to a wound to control bleeding, how to place a blanket over someone who is in shock and how to place some ice over an injury that is swollen or inflamed.

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