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“I am Capable”

Date: May 3, 2018 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs

I am Capable

By Alicia Edwards


Children start learning and developing from birth. Within a few hours of birth they are learning to suckle, which in turn strengthens their tongue muscles and plays a roll in language development. In the first 18 months a child learns to recognise faces, voices and sounds. They learn to roll over, crawl, walk and feed themselves, proving themselves capable of many things. These tend to be capabilities and developments that we are so excited to watch and do all we can to help our children reach these milestones.

So why do we sometimes put a cap on how capable a child can be?

Sometimes it’s so we as parents, can get out of the house quicker, clean up quicker, create less
mess. But what if we slowed things down a little. It might mean waking up a little earlier to allow time for this, but we would be giving our children the time they need to become more capable and independent.

In an early childhood setting I try to practice a slowed down pace. Not everything has to happen on a strict time schedule. This allows children the time to learn and explore their capabilities. It may be putting on their shoes, filling up a drink bottle or dressing themselves.

A capable child is a child that is confident, independent and willing to try new things.