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Today, we’re bringing you five parenting hacks on how we foster a family environment that helps raise children who are more independent, and why autonomy is the end goal.
👉 Key Points
1. Allowing Children to Make Choices
2. Let children struggle safely
- For example, children climbing trees and ‘can’t get down’. We might say, ‘You’re too high for me to help you but I’ll stay here with you while we work it out. What can you do to get yourself down?
- Being the emotional (not physical) support to help them troubleshoot their own problems
3. Release expectations
- Appropriate levels of learning
- Embracing the mess whilst they’re learning
4. Not micro-managing
- Not too quick to give solutions
- Let children do things for themselves as often as possible
5. Age appropriate tools
- Kiddicutter: https://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/shop/kiddikutter
- Cleaning toosl: Mini dust buster, dustpan and broom, cleaning cloths and vinegar spray within reach
- Plastic steps/montessori stool
- Mini First Aid Kit: Bandaids, tea tree oil, tweezers - clear expectations
👉 Guest Details
Vicci Oliver and Nicki Farrell are adventurous nature play makers, risk-takers, children’s rights advocates and the co-founders of Wildlings Forest School. We are the hosts of the ‘Raising Wildlings’ podcast and we put the dirt back in childhood.
Wildlings aims to get more children outdoors connecting with nature, creating the village parents are yearning for and inspiring change in the education system.
During any Wildlings Forest School program, you are likely to find Wildlings up trees, sliding down mud slides, whittling with pocket knives, lighting fires and building rafts. We let kids, be kids - because children can’t learn to protect nature if they’ve never had a childhood in it.
👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact Details
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