|Child's Leap / Jonathan Byrne|
From the time your toddler begins to walk, you will see your loved one respond to falling by getting back up. Although literally in this instance, as they grow older those little feet grow into bigger shoes that are more susceptible to tripping up.
From a very young age before speaking, your little one will:
- Experience (through trial and error)
You don’t have to leap every time to their safety when your loved one screws up. Your child doesn’t have to receive guidance on the right way or the best way or even the quickest. Since time as a toddler, your child will grow with the experiences of falling and getting back up. As they get older, you may have to become wiser with your understanding of the issues. Otherwise, let them grow, stumble, and get back on their own feet. Not leaping in immediately will help your child no matter how old. Knowing you are near will be enough comfort and support; the younger your child the closer with your safety net.
Sometimes you have to look the other way and give children opportunity to review the situation. A child who turns to you immediately for help will only learn to return without attempts. Let them mull the issue and try to put their arms around it. Maybe even make attempts at resolve. The chances of your young one rectifying the situation on his/ her first try are slim, but that’s ok and expected. As your child grows older, this period will become tougher for you as a parent and especially if you know the solution.
Try to remain calm. Remember the entertainment factor. Don’t ignore if solicited, but rather drop hints, point them in a direction, and/ or provide options depending on their maturity or age. You may learn to become too busy so he/ she can start to move with their own feet. Make excuses, but never leave your child isolated or stranded at any age. Always observing from afar, though understanding its best for children to try to resolve or rectify their own problems initially. Smiling or even laughing privately is not mandatory though recommended.