It's there, right on the edge of their current abilities that children are able to focus, practice, and eventually master a skill. (The same is true for adults btw). These activities offer just the right amount of challenge and interest for young children, and in turn build independence, grit, and real skills. Here's a few examples by age to get you started.
Children need lots of time to practice individual skills before they can be successful at meeting a goal on their own. We take a lot of these skills for granted as adults, and it's easy to forget that young children need to practice skills before they are ready to take on a larger goal. But what's the difference between practice and goals?
In Montessori, we use life skills (practical life) to build functional and mental independence, confidence, and responsibility. These “soft skills” aren’t a joke or fluff. They are absolutely necessary for becoming a responsible adult who can take care of herself and others. Here's how you can do this at home:
It's no secret that the key to better parenting is showing up at your best. But finding the time to take care of yourself while you are taking care of littles is a huge challenge. So, I've rounded up nine of my favourite apps, books, services, and tools to make self-care easier, less stressful, and help you keep your focus on the big picture.