Fostering independence in your pre-schooler has a significant value, especially in the early years .
You might think he is too little to do something on his own now. But if he doesn’t develop Independence and remains reliant on you for every little thing even as an adult, this is going to be very annoying and problematic for you.
“In order for children to believe in themselves, we must believe in them first” –Vicki Hoefle
Following are the 5 effective ways to foster independence in your pre-schooler:
1. Make him learn new skills
Your child will become self-sufficient with every new skill he learns. It allows them to think and act on their own. When your baby is young, you should always focus on making him learn new skills. While engaging little ones can be a bit of a challenge, you can always look at creative and engaging games or activities.
2. Set little age-corresponding goals
As your preschooler is growing, set little goals for him. The goals can be learning how to fold laundry, how to colour inside the picture, how to sort fruits etc. The list is endless!
As you reward your child on every goal he accomplishes, it develops encouragement and a sense of independence in your child. He knows what he can do on his own now.
3. Include and teach
While not including is easier, including and teaching your child in small things fosters independence in them. Instead of making keeping them out of the kitchen, you can ask them to help you with the dishes, place cutlery on the table, and simple alike tasks.
When your pre-schooler starts going to school, he will already have learned a lot.
4. Don’t be too cautious
Let your child do whatever interests him (the good, positive things, though). If he wants to go out and play, let him play. If he wants to paint, let him paint. Do not be too watchful of him dirtying his clothes or the floor.
This eventually develops a sense of accomplishment in your child, which, in turn, fosters independence.
5. Acknowledge their achievements
If you want your child to be confident and independent, you must praise every little of his achievements.
Do not overlook anything new your child learns or does.
Praise him when he learns the national anthem or writes a complete sentence for the first time on his own.
When you praise your child, this invigorates a desire in him to keep learning and doing more. This helps in making him independent in his thinking and acting patterns.
Pre-school years are the most critical years for you and your child. What he learns now is going to be a part of his personality all his life. To make your child responsible and self-sufficient, you need to start fostering independence right when he starts walking, talking, and understanding. This is an important part of his growing age.