Empower Your Child to Be Independent

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With a little preparation of your home environment you can empower your little children to become self sufficient so that their brain develops and reaches most of it’s potential prior to formal schooling.

Image source via: Shutterstock

Image source via: Shutterstock

A WONDERFULLY PREPARED EARLY ENVIRONMENT WHERE INDEPENDENCE IS ALWAYS VALUED AND ENCOURAGED LAYS THE RIGHT FOUNDATION FOR LIFE, SO THAT THE REST WILL SURELY FOLLOW.

Why is independence just so very important?

An independent child has a SOLID NEUROLOGICAL FOUNDATION FOR:

  • The development of concentration while working on a specific task. This becomes so pertinent to all future endeavours.
  • The self-regulation of their behaviour, where practicing independence in a carefully prepared environment results in inner self-discipline.
  • Developing the physical body where by the muscles become strong and coordinated ready for life!
  • A child learns language from participating, they learn how to communicate and they learn to solve problems through working with a task themselves.
  • Independence leads to wonderful emotional development. The preschooler begins to feel accomplishment through the sheer act of doing. This leads to natural self-esteem and a healthy life long self-concept. Confidence is at it’s best when the child is involved in the manifestation of their own development.
  • Building social confidence and respect for others in achieved when the adult encourages independence.

Future success at school and in life occurs when concentration, independence, practicality, self-discipline and confidence are all established prior to school. A child who is reliant on their parent or carer is often not well adjusted to life skills and results in poor development and introversion.

As a parent or carer, there are some simple ways to empower your preschooler so they become independent in their environment. Here are a few great tips:

1. Prepare an environment that encourages a place for everything that the child needs in each area of the home. These areas include their bedroom, their bathroom and toileting area, the kitchen, the play space and the garden. In these prepared spaces, ensure the child has all the materials that they need. These should be child sized, realistic and accessible.

2. Show the child how to effectively use each item before encouraging them to consider trying on their own and then allow them uninterrupted time to engage each, for sustainable periods. Try to avoid ‘doing it for the child’ and allow them the opportunity for success. A parent or carer can always re demonstrate the skill at a later time.

Begin with the most simplistic of tasks and then build up your child’s skills, so that their development is awakened.

Here are some examples:

A child can do many things for themselves in their bedroom. The key here is to provide them a simple system so that they can make their bed, tidy up their clothes and shoes. Try putting baskets and hangers at their level.

In the bathroom and toilet, children can undergo the entire hygiene regime if all that they need is presented in an organised way, where it is accessible. Order is the key here.

The kitchen is a wonderful area to begin independence. There are so many tasks that can be done here, from food preparation to laying out the table, to emptying rubbish and composting. A preschooler will fall in love with using many kitchen tools to accomplish a task if given the opportunity to do so – sifting, pitting, mixing, spreading, pouring, chopping, juicing, beating, mashing. The list is endless.

Finally, a preschooler can manage the play space. If their activities are provided with order, such as in baskets and trays (with picture labels), this will encourage them to return their equipment and toys. They can also be provided with some simple cleaning equipment such as a spray bottle and cloth, a rubbish basket and a small broom and pan to encourage care of their space.

REMEMBER: INDEPENDENCE IS VITAL TO YOUR CHILDS DEVELOPMENT AND POTENTIAL. EMPOWER THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT!