Child Development Theories From A Stay-At-Home Dad – Step Away From Your Children!!!!

Child Development Theories From A Stay-At-Home Dad – Step Away From Your Children!!!!

Child Development Theories From A Stay-At-Home Dad – Step Away From Your Children!!!!

 

So I may be at a slight advantage, I’m married to a doctor, but what I am about to suggest to you is not dangerous and it will really help your kids grow, mature and learn. I have my own, unique child development theories.

 

My advice: back away from your kids and let them explore. Far too often I see parents hovering over their kids making sure they are ok. Let me tell you from experience, your kids are fine they will be fine even if they fall down; they’ll get back up. You don’t have to helicopter.

 

He still does this to this day when he falls, gets back up and keeps going.

 

I remember when Ry first started walking. We were at a friend’s cottage and the older kids were all running around chasing each other. There was poor little Ry (I use the term little loosely, as he was big boy) not walking, just watching the kids run by. Then something amazing happened, he stood up on his own and started running after them!!! We were shocked – at 16 months he finally took his first steps. Then he fell down, but rather than rush over to him we simply said, “you ok?” Guess what, he was just fine, he got back up and continued running. He still does this to this day when he falls, gets back up and keeps going.

 

Letting kids be is a great way of fostering their independence and learning.

 

Even as first time parents with Dyl we were no different. Always at an arms length away, letting him explore and do on his own. With Jason, we will do the same. Letting kids be is a great way of fostering their independence and learning. When I get to the park with the kids and tell the to go run and play, they do – I am not being neglectful. We have been to the park enough times and they know what they can and cannot do. I am there to help them with the difficult things and when they are fearful I stand with them and help them through -like walking across the rope bridge. My goal is to help build their confidence, learn what their abilities are and foster a sense of independence.

 

My goal is to help build their confidence, learn what their abilities are and foster a sense of independence.

 

This mantra is not just when they are playing. I am a firm believer in letting our kids try things like what a lime tastes like, hot sauce, chopped liver, herring and the list goes on. I want my kids to experience things whenever they feel ready, not only when they are older. Both the older kids have tried coffee; neither of them like it, but they tried. When they ask, they are able to try.

 

I’m not saying be dangerous, or neglect your kids. What I’m saying is relax a little, take a step back and let them explore, learn and do on their own. You might be surprised by what they can do all by themselves.

 

Want to hear more about my experience during my maternity leave, Canada?

 

 

 

Andrew Levy PhD

About Andrew Levy PhD

Andrew obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo in Physiology, a topic not entirely having to do with with kids health specifically. Andrew’s expertise in kids health and raising children stems from his now 4+ years of direct hands on experiences with 3 little boys. My goal is to share some practical advice and some of the little not-so-perfect things my kids have done and how we managed to figure it all out so you can too.

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