I believe in trusting my child and allowing him to freely explore his world without being constantly told “no” or “you can’t do that”. I trust that he is capable of working through tough situations that he might get himself into. I don’t stop him or try to help him. I trust that he will tell me when he needs help…and he does.
Here’s what I mean:
I watched as J took a branch bigger than he is all they way up the playground equipment and push it down a 7 foot slide…without help.
I trusted that he could figure out how to get that branch up there by himself. It was hard and he struggled a bit but he made it, all by himself! You should have seen the glee in this child’s eyes when that branch finally made it down the slide! What an amazing accomplishment he had! He loved it so much that he did the entire thing 3 more times…struggles and all!
I don’t interfere…and I don’t say “no”. I say “I trust you” and you can figure it out. I think that’s a pretty important message to send a child.