Preemptively Preparing For Big Events
Prepare your Little One for What’s to Come
Involving your child in the planning process can help them feel engaged and excited about the upcoming long weekend. Talk to your child about the activities you have planned. This can be as simple as showing them pictures of the places you plan to visit or of the people they will see there. By informing your child of what’s to come, you are supporting their need for order and helping stave off any moments of overwhelm.
Routines can be built into any other part of your day or life as well. Using a set of Routine Cards like those found in the Toilet Learning Kit from Monti Kids is a great way to visually remind and involve your child in what comes next. Use this set around the bathroom routine or create your own for other aspects of your daily life.
Create a Safe and Stimulating Environment
Creating a safe and stimulating environment is important for promoting your child's development and independence. Offer a low shelf and make sure your home is childproofed and free of any hazards. Providing your child with age-appropriate toys and activities that are both fun and educational will help avoid overstimulation. Having quiet and calm spaces for your child to rest and relax as they need and focusing on connection through reading or snuggles can make a big deposit into the rest of your day.
Promoting independence is a key principle of Montessori philosophy. Collaborate with your little one as they learn new skills, such as dressing themselves or helping with meal preparation. Provide your child with age-appropriate tools and materials that allow them to be independent. For example, a small pitcher and glass can help your child pour their own water at meal times. Encouraging independence helps your child develop confidence and self-esteem.
Provide For Autonomy
Creating a space in each area of the home where your little one spends time that is accessible to them and able to be maintained and used freely will offer them a sense of autonomy and independence. Hanging low hooks in your entry for jackets, clearing out a lower cabinet in the kitchen for their dishes and snack, emptying a drawer in the bathroom for their hygiene needs are all quick and easy ways to do so.