Today I saw this video and it has made me contemplate some of my parenting techniques.
This video left me feeling conflicted and I have spent some time reflecting on it. I see a confident child who is empowered and full of self-worth. So amazing to watch! Imagine if the person who filmed this would have saw the act of climbing on the counter and immediately stopped it? This wonderful, empowering moment would have been lost. Then I thought if I had walked into the bathroom and caught my daughter standing on the counter top, I probably would have immediately intervened and asked her to climb down. Why?
As an early child hood educator, I frequently reflect on situations and I seek out their value. Often it’s easy to see the benefit of letting scenarios run their course. However, I must refer back to something I touched on earlier this week… it is completely different when it’s your own child.
At the age of 2 1/2, during my daughter’s rest time, I had walked into the room and discovered that not only did my daughter figure out the child latch on her dresser drawer, but she emptied the drawer out, moved the speaker (so she could stand on it of course) and was playing with the stereo and the light. After taking a picture, I had directed her to clean up the “mess” and instructed her on how dangerous this was.