Break tasks down to allow children to experience success.
Example - A preschooler struggles to write his or her name:1) Model correct pencil grip.
2) Work on one letter at a time. You do one and then let your child do one.
3) Teach the skill but don’t do the work for him or her.
4) Children give up the belief that they can’t when they achieve small steps.
This Positive Discipline Tool Card will take a lot of patience. My kids are bit older now, but I still find myself doing things for them because of time pressures. Of course, that is because I didn't take the time to do the Small Steps when they were younger. But I really do like the concept of this tool card. I will be interested to hear from those of you with younger children. I think younger children are the most eager to try new things by themselves. The trick is to allow them the time to take Small Steps.