Hello, daddies! Isn’t it time to promote more autonomy for your child? How to identify if the little one is prepared for a little independence? We have separated some important tips to stimulate the child’s autonomy and that will help you in this moment of child development. Check out!
Letting the child live their own experiences is a very challenging task for parents. Often, it is not even a matter of overprotection, but because of not knowing if the child is prepared to start this process.
Child autonomy and intellectual and emotional development
Autonomy is a skill that develops with the child’s growth, and that depends on the maturation of the neuropsychomotor system to be successful. By stimulating the child’s autonomy, you promote a series of benefits that contribute to healthy growth, such as accelerated cognitive development, greater emotional intelligence and self-confidence. Benefits that will also reflect in adulthood, see?
Always respecting that there is a right time for everything, and that the stimuli need to be given at the right time, without forcing, but providing conditions for the child to develop their autonomy.
Examples of activities to stimulate the child’s autonomy:
–From 2 to 3 years of age: the child can already be encouraged to dress, eat, organize toys and put on shoes (without laces);
–From 3 to 4 years of age: can now be trained to clean up after using the bathroom, soaping up in the bath, separating dirty from clean clothes and assist in preparing easy recipes;
–From the age of 5: the child can already organize the room, make the bed, assist in hygiene and cleaning of the environment;
Tips to encourage your child’s autonomy:
-Play pretend! Show how to do the task during a game and repeat the day-to-day action;
-Don’t demand perfection! As with adults, every skill needs training and time to improve. Be patient! We know it would be faster if you did it yourself, but it is very important to promote child autonomy;
-Avoid the use of negative words, when hearing you saying “it’s wrong”, “let me do it”, it’s not like that “, the child is insecure. When you notice that she is having difficulty, say, “Can I show you an easier way to do this?”
-To promote the child’s autonomy, use praise! And always be around!
-In relation to choices: limit the options! Offer only two options for the child to choose from;
Know that your presence is super important for the development of the child’s autonomy. The adult is not just an observer, it is an essential point of trust! The sooner your child learns to relate to the challenges around him, the better. By stimulating the child’s autonomy from an early age, you will be doing the adult a good thing he will become – with easy learning and emotional intelligence.
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