I’ve been reading a lot of Montessori books lately as I work on fixing up part of the basement to be a sort of preschool learning area for Tuesday. The phrase, “Help me to do it myself” comes up a lot. I love the idea of it, but we’re having trouble with the implementation over here. I know it’s normal to have whining and fussing and such, but oh man does it get on my nerves. I don’t understand it either because if Tuesday simply asked me for say, her sweatshirt off because she was hot, I’d take it off no problem. But instead she just starts freaking out and squealing that she is HOT!!! And ripping at her sweatshirt (like seriously out of nowhere). I don’t mind helping her with things but she tends to be happier when she figures out how to do them. So how do I encourage this?
I’ve tried showing her over and over how something works. That does help some. I feel like really explaining why we are doing something helps. Mostly I just try to be as patient as possible when she freaks out. I found myself starting to count to three the other day and totally took a step back, whoa. I’d love any other ideas for patient parenting through this (I’m assuming normal) part of toddler hood.