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In teaching your child to take care of himself, you may want to start with making sure he/she brushes their teeth every day before going to school and perhaps makes their bed. Or you may need to start with teaching a child to put dirty clothes in the dirty laundry pile instead of leaving them lying on the floor. Later you can work on teaching them to put things away instead of dropping everything on the bedroom floor. And as they grow older, you can teach them how to do laundry and put things away themselves. Be sure to praise your child for a job well done and he/she will be more inclined to repeat the behavior.