Fostering Independence

  1. Help Me Help Myself: Understanding Your Young Child’s Need for Independence Discover the best ways to promote your child’s self esteem and confidence.  In this article, Catherine Dorner offers specific ideas for fostering independence, which in-turn build self-esteem.  Pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Stephen Hughes’ work is referenced, which stresses that children need to feel “good at doing things.”
  2. Dressing and Undressing Mercedes Paine Castle, founder and director of All Roads Learning Community in Portland, writes about the importance of supporting your child’s efforts in dressing.
  3. Fostering Independence, by Laurie Adams at Vancouver Montessori School.  Read this lovely article by Laurie about your young child and their growing sense of independence, and abilities.