This is an excerpt from the article -- Let Me Help: Supporting the Young Child at Home - by Karin Salzmann. Reprinted from Montessori Talks to Parents, NAMTA
In primitive societies, and even in quite recent times, children always participated in the life of the home. A sense of belonging, along with pride of accomplishment, help the child to grow up strong and secure.
When we begin to draw the child into family chores, there are, of course, difficulties. But taking time to show a child how to help is actually easier in the long run than trying to keep her occupied and out of the way. Because she will keep insisting, she will forever turn up underfoot. What she is saying is, “Let me help, let me be part of your life!” Or she will pull away: “I want to do it myself!” read more