As our babies turn into toddlers they naturally push to become more independent. It’s an important time in our little ones development and should be encouraged to help them gain self confidence and independence giving them the tools that they will require in adult life.
As a mum of 3 I’ve had a fair deal of experience bringing up children. Supporting your child to navigate the hurdles of young life will help you both in essence. A child that can feed itself, that can clothe itself, take itself to the bathroom etc. not only develops it’s own confidence and a sense of achievement it also helps keep them busy and also gives mum that extra time to do even the simplest things in the house that normally get left until the children are asleep.
5 Ways To Develop Your Toddlers Independence
It helps both parent and child when you work together to assist little ones to tackle the various hurdles that most toddlers must face. These need to be worked at gradually. Rushing only increases the pressure and can further slow the process. Making challenges fun, turning things into a game will not only help maintain the child’s focus it will also reinforce what they learn as they will associate it with something fun or something funny their parent did.
One thing that I will never forget is when my son decided he wanted to feed himself. He was eating a Greek soup I had made called Avgolemono and he took the spoon from me and fed himself. Of course floods of praise flew from my mouth and he was so proud of his achievement that he never turned back. This was a small hurdle and the first of many that we would face together.
And boy did has he made the most of his new skill!
Washing / Grooming / Self Care
Whether they’re learning to brush their teeth in a fun way, or; wash their hands and face in the morning, washing in the bath, brushing their hair these will all help with hand eye co-ordination, and help a child develop a sense of achievement in having accomplished what to us is perceived as small tasks.
Children love to dress themselves. Give them the opportunity to try dressing themselves, add a favourite outfit, plenty of practise and a sprinkle of praise and you’ll have the perfect recipe for success. My son loves to help mummy pick what he’s going to wear and enjoys wearing a range of outfits from smart to casual.
The first thing to remember here is that children mature at different speeds. Some children are ready to start this process earlier than others so don’t feel pressurised to have your little one toilet trained by the age of two just because your mum said she did that with you for example. Once you are both ready you might need a few accessories to help you on your way such as a stool to allow the little one to reach toilet on their own and also a children’s toilet seat. There are many toilet training guides that can help you and your toddler get through this challenging time together. This is a big part of growing up and makes children feel like a big person and no longer a baby which enthuses them to try to succeed in more areas.
Helping Around the House
Simple chores around the house are great to help keep little ones busy, behaving and learning new skills and amazing they love to do them. My girls used to want to help me with the hoovering – it was hilarious watching them try to push the large hose around especially as they were so small yet the determination on their faces didn’t waiver. My son loves to help take out the washing from the dryer, pop them on the sofa to be folded and then pull the clothes that are in the washing machine into the dryer.Other chores that children can help with include putting their plate, knife and fork in the sink after a meal, helping mummy by making the bed. I found that having children’s themed beds can really help with this. My son climbs all over his bed to make it look as perfect as possible. Putting toys away after use is a biggie and one my son hasn’t quite mastered yet it’s a work in progress and I look forward to the day we can cross that one off the list.
The most important thing to remember is that children that are given support and guidance and are shown how to approach things in a fun way will be more willing to get involved and will learn to do things at a faster rate. It’s also a nice way to reinforce your bonds by doing things together and create memories for you both to cherish.
What tips would you suggest to help develop a toddlers independence?
Enjoying this post? You can subscribe to Melanie’s Fab Finds to have posts delivered straight to your inbox once including recipes, reviews, competitions etc. before anyone else. Don’t worry I won’t spam you.
Watch our product reviews on YouTube: