I work in a daycare in a 1 and 2 year old room The kids in the room are expected to learn to use a regular cup and feed themselves and be able to pull up their own pants. Obviously we expect to have to teach these skills to the younger set. However it amazes me how many kids start at 18 months or so and can not drink out of a cup, feed themselves or even sit well in a chair (like they fall sideways out of it) I was talking to a friend of mine about it. she said that is not normal for kids that age to be able to do those things. That is what parent are for. I disagreed saying that my kids cold do all of those things and were not in traditional daycare (they were at a friends house while I worked part time) I asked her if it was really helping kids by not encouraging them to do things they are capable of doing. She says that it is better for them to have mom or dad do it for them they will learn naturally when they get older that it is silly for a 18-24 month old to drink forma regular cup or even use a spoon. We did not discuss it much further. Being friends we agreed to disagree.
So where are you on this? Is it silly to work to teach a toddler how to use a spoon appropriately and a regular cup and how to sit in a normal (yet tiny) chair- they will learn it naturally as they get older? Even though they are more than capable of being taught these skills sooner. Or do you feel it is better to teach kids independence and self care as they prove they are capable of learning it.
Asked by Anonymous at 6:39 PM on Sep. 23, 2013 in Toddlers (1-2)
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