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    Default How old was/would you expect..

    Your child/ren when they started showering independently?

    Being able to take themselves to the bathroom, run shower, wash thoroughly, get out in a reasonable time frame, dry get dressed ready for bed/ the day.



    I'm not sure if I am expecting too much of my kids or not.

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    No idea yet, but I was 10 and my sister was 8 when we started doing that. But I was definitely ready way before then!

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    Hmmmm... I dunno.... like 8ish????

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    My 4.5 does all of that except running the bath/shower, I still do that for him. But he washes himself, brushes his teeth, dresses himself, goes to the toilet independently etc.

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    Other than turn on and off the shower my 4 yr old does that.

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    I know i didn't Shower till I was 11 maybe older, I know cause i never showered in the old Shower. But I was running my own baths about 6/7 and bathing alone/ with sister 8/9.

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    I run the shower for her, but since she was about 3 she's been showering alone.

    Our only rules are to keep the door open at all times, but she can draw the shower curtain if she wants privacy.

    She has a basket that suctions onto the wall, with her body wash, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, loofa, nail brush and face washer. There's also a waterproof timer that sticks to the wall, and it's set for 2 minutes.
    Once it rings, she calls out, I turn the shower off and leave. She dries and dresses herself, wipes the wet floor down, hangs the towel and gets me to read a story.

    She's perfectly capable of doing all of this herself, and I find that showing her we trust her to be capable boosts her self esteem and self confidence.

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    Default How old was/would you expect..

    My son does all this and he is 7, though he needs a gentle reminder that it's time to get out because he would quiet happily stay in there all night other wise.

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    My 5.5yo ds doesn't turn on the shower himself, but can get himself ready for the shower, have a shower (doesn't wash his own hair though - still hates doing it, so needs encouragement) and he can turn it off & get into his pj's. He's been doing that for about 9 months now. I'm worried about him burning himself with the water, so I want to be the one to turn on the shower at this point. Soon I will let him do that.

    It's hard to know when you're asking too much or when you're not asking enough. Sometimes you just have to give it a go and see if your child can do it or not.

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    Default How old was/would you expect..

    I used to run the bath for my sister and I, have a bath until Mum said we had to get out (we had too much fun.. I never remember getting out of our own accord!) and the we would dry ourselves and put our nighties on. I was 6, my sister was 4. Mum or Dad would run the bath for us when we were younger, but leave us to bath ourselves from when I was about 4/5. It probably helped that there was two of us, so of anything happened she would have heard about it.

    We weren't allowed showers until we turned 10, mostly because the temperature was temperamental, and we were on tank water so Dad didn't want us in the shower too long whereas they didn't care how long we spent in the bath playing.
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