by Laura Berthiaume September 07, 2021 3 min read
When we talk about self-care in a Montessori classroom, we're not talking about kicking back with a nice glass of pinot on a Saturday night :)
For toddlers, self-care is teaching them to identify their physical needs and attend to them.
This includes wiping their own face after meals, brushing their own hair, wiping their own runny nose, washing hands independently, etc.
There's a 3 main benefits to teaching young children self-care:
The third is the most important in my book.
Letting children know that we, as their parents, respect their bodies and boundaries, is something they will take out into the world with them.
Here are 4 strategies:
I've swear I've only seen the show Dora The Explorer maybe five times in my life but for whatever reason that catchy earworm they sing at the end of show, "We Did It", will forever be stuck in my head.
The whole song is only 15 words (and not especially great) but I think it's taken up permanent residence in my brain because it reminds of one of the best parts of Montessori.
Hearing my child say "I did it" after mastering something new for the first time is so wonderful.
It truly never gets old.
So next time you're tempted to wipe their face after eating, try grabbing a hand mirror to hold up for them and handing over the wash cloth instead.
The joy they'll get from not only doing it themselves, but also having successfully avoided being smothered with the washcloth, will be obvious in their sweet, little smiles :)
And if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to email me - email@example.com.
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