What’s next - who is ready, you or they?

Our children have their own timetable for development. If we trust their inbuilt timing, we can resist the urge to ‘teach’, intervene, coax and prompt. We can instead put our energies into observing, noticing, appreciating and celebrating. Our focus moves to looking at what our child CAN do instead of what they can’t (yet).

Be real! - model who you want your children to be

Perhaps the most influential tool we have in our parenting kit is our own example.  Our children take far more from how they see us living, than from any advice we give them.  How we interact,  approach tasks, and manage our emotions all provide ‘lessons’ for our children.  They notice these things, whether we wish them or not, and build them into their own default settings.