Be Ready For a Little Struggle
If your child is struggling and becoming frustrated with what they are trying to do, know that that is totally OK. Kids like to push themselves and see what they are capable of, especially because their minds and bodies are changing so rapidly during these early developmental stages. Allow them to struggle for a bit, as this helps them learn. There are a few reasons to step in — the first is if they endanger themselves and stepping in protects them from harm, and the second is to show them how to process their frustration and encourage them to continue trying after you've allowed them to struggle for a bit.
Creating more access to child-safe items and taking cues from your little one with play can lead to your child experiencing increased independence, as well as higher levels of confidence and creativity. Setting up a Montessori-inspired environment in your home can help your child stay engaged and curious throughout the day, while also relieving the pressure off of you to keep your child busy with planned activities. When using the Montessori method, your living environment provides endless opportunities for play and learning that are spontaneous and creative, all while helping your child work through their developmental milestones.