Teaching our children to be strong, independent people is one of the most important, if not daunting, parts of parenthood. There are hundreds of ways we can help them to learn essential life lessons at home from an early age, including teaching basic care of self-skills. If you are looking for ways to encourage your child to develop her self-care rituals, setting up a self-care station is a fantastic way to start. Here are some of the things you will need to think about when helping your child take this vital step on the path to independence.
Care of self is one of the most basic parts of child development. Encompassing bathing, dressing, and grooming, self-care is all about keeping your body happy, healthy, and equipped for daily life. Self-care activities and the traditional self-care station are embraced by the Montessori style of child development. With a mantra of “Teach me to do it myself”, Montessori self-care stations foster independence in children from an early age.
Stocking Your Station
Organization is paramount in traditional Montessori style learning activities, so consider placing your care of self-items on a wooden or metal tray next to the wash basin. Other alternatives for organizing your self-care station are wicker baskets or shelves for easy and compartmentalized storage. Label the storage with picture labels if you like to help your toddler easily find her supplies every time.
Accessibility is Key
Keep your toddler’s self-care station low to the ground and accessible. If you’re making the station yourself, this is easy to do. If, on the other hand, you are working with a bathroom sink or higher table, make sure your station is also stocked with a step stool. Just make sure to keep the area surrounding the station safe, free from hazards, and stocked with safe supplies such as kid-friendly soap and toothpaste.
Keep it Tidy
Cleanliness will help your child to remain focused on proper self-care technique. By keeping your toddler’s self-care station well stocked with supplies and encouraging her to tidy up her space after every use, you both will stand a better chance at successful care of self every time.
Teach Me to Do it Myself
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