3 Ways To TeachA Child Independence
Every child is a blessing. As parents, it is natural to want to give your child the best possible. Out of love, it is common to see parents bending over and helping their little ones with every little task. However, it is crucial to allow the child experience and get used to doing things by himself or herself. Only through practice can the child learn and improve.
Studies have shown that when parents do everything on behalf of their child, it has resulted in a lack of problem-solving skills and self-esteem. This is detrimental when the child is in a group environment (eg. Schools) as he is unable to perform the same tasks his peers are undertaking.
Give your child the freedom and opportunity to make and learn from their own mistakes. Make a conscious effort to reduce their reliance on you, and build up their self-confidence when they are able to perform new tasks independently.
As Kim John Payne, an Australian author to Simplicity Parenting, quoted, “Independence isn’t doing your own thing; it’s doing the right thing on our own.”
Start grooming your child into a self-reliant individual with the three ways below.
1) Put His/Her Own Toys Away
After playing, children will naturally feel low on energy. It can cause them to become lazy and undisciplined as they try to avoid clearing up the mess they made. You can make it more fun by simply turning cleaning up into a game: “The one who packs the toys faster will get to eat ice cream!” As your child does this on a routine basis, they will eventually learn to be more responsible and independent while learning the importance of cleaning up after their mess.
2) Take Time to Give Compliments
There is no denying that compliments encourage positivity. In a learning environment, children will feel happy and motivated when they get praised for something they have done well. Reprimanding them for simple mistakes may make them feel depressed. For instance, when your child wears her skirt the wrong way, compliment her for the effort she made. Say things like “You will wear it the correct way tomorrow!” She will eventually realise the discomfort on her own and figure out how to wear it the correct way.
3) Getting Busy in the Kitchen
Cooking and baking are great activities for children to engage themselves. These activities also help develop fine, gross motor and cognitive skills as they learn which ingredients to use first when baking a cake. Leaving them to cook or bake alone will encourage them to learn cooking or baking techniques along with mathematical concepts such as measuring. Furthermore, when they independently bake on their own, it leaves room for creativity as they get to experiment with the different recipes. Who knows, your child can come up with his or her own dish in no time!
At Chicky & Olive, we provide enrichment classes for preschoolers to learn social skills along with early concepts of Maths and Science. As part of our preschool enrichment classes in Singapore, our Culinary cooking Arts class can educate your child and develop their minds. Activities such as cooking allow them to make use of all of their five senses. It also promotes a “fun” way of learning about food and nutrition. Furthermore, they can develop their motor skills effectively through the hands-on practical experience.
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