Right now I have a two year old who is in the I want to do everything myself phase. He wants to choose what her wears, he’ll try to go into the pantry to get his own meals and refuses to let me put him into his car seat. I have two older boys that are often very reluctant to try things that I know they can do on their own. On today’s show, we will talk about how ways to encourage independence in your child. How much should they be doing for themselves and when are you giving them too much independence.
Guest Information - Courtenay Garver has been a preschool teacher at Discovery Child Development Center in Morrisville/Cary North Carolina since 2011. She had prior experience as a preschool teacher, administrator, and an elementary teacher. She is also the mother of two middle school girls.
Importance of Fostering Independence During the Preschool Years
Examples of Independence in a Preschool Classroom
Involving Preschoolers in Mourning Routines
Arriving at School
Offering Choices to Preschoolers
Teaching New Skills
Consequences of Decisions
Show and Tell
Episode Links and Additional Resources
Mike Dlott is the host of Preschool and Beyond. He is also the Co-Director of Discovery Child Development Center, and the Director of Discovery Tech in Morrisville/Cary North Carolina. He lives with his wife and 3 children in Cary, North Carolina.