There are always things I learn which I really wish I knew earlier. Going through my child's journey of 'toddlerhood' is no exception. As a parent, I knew when my children were on a learning curve because they were wanting to do things on their own, and making choices but then 'melting' because it's all too hard. I really wish I had more information back then, though, to facilitate this intellectual growth stage.
I think it's really interesting that the first step in learning independence, which occurs around the age of 18 months, is called the first 'adolescence'. As a parent, learning to become a facilitator and give the time your child needs to explore is really important. I found I needed a paradigm shift, becoming more 'hands on' to this learning process and enjoying watching how my children creatively found ways to investigate problem solving. My involvement in the process really mattered, and often I'd need to set up activities and situations so my child could learn and explore whilst still feeling safe.
An early childhood educator, Camille Edwards, shares some interesting information on this independence stage in this short video. I'm sure you'll relate to some of the scenarios to which she refers!
The method by which your child learns and their own pace really does matter. Learning independence takes time, and a huge dose of parental patience, but the rewards are so worth it!
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