Jenna Ssemujju, RPS PreK Educator
Children are learning and growing each day. As they grow, some children want to do things for themselves and others want their parents or caregivers to continue to do things for them. As adults, we may tend to want to do things for them, to help them.
Independence is a skill we learn and practice in preschool and at home. It's a skill where your child is being active in their learning rather than passive. They get to learn how to work out the answers for themselves, rather than being told.
Do you remember learning how to ride a bicycle? Or learning how to play an instrument? You need practice, practice, practice! This is how independent skills are learned, too. You may hear your child say, “I can’t,” “Can you do it for me,” or “I’m tired.” This is normal, and with continued practice and encouragement, your child will build their confidence and independence.