Kids taking on responsibility
This picture is from a few months ago when my daughter woke up early and fed our cat.
I have been slowly encouraging my daughter to do things on her own. We started with her getting dressed on her own and taking care of her own little needs (even if these outfits are quite creative).
Now that she is a little older, I try giving her little chores or tasks. She likes to set the table. At first she only set the silverware, now she brings all the plates and glasses to the table (while I hold my breath and cross my fingers near by).
Our next chore is feeding the cat. I like this one because she needs to remember to feed the cat every morning. There are no extrinsic rewards from an adult cheering her on right after either. It builds on her sense of responsibility because she needs to take care of her cat. I think this also encourages her to be nice to the cat. And the cat likes my daughter more since she is the one who feeds her!
I am now using a chore chart with my daughter. I love using charts!
My daughter and I came up with some chores that we felt were doable. We decided on: making her bed, getting dressed alone, setting the table, washing the sink after brushing her teeth and cleaning up her toys. Some are easier than others but I wanted to put in the easy ones just so she would be proud of her accomplishments. After she completes a chore we put a star or smiley sticker under that day and that chore. She really likes this! She is proud of herself and understands the importance of learning to do things on her own and be autonomous.