“The challenge of parenting lies in finding the balance between nurturing, protecting, and guiding your child and allowing them to explore, experiment, and become an independent, unique person.” – Dr. Jane Nelsen, Family Therapist
Show your child what to do and then let them do it, standing by only if they have any problems.
As a parent, you would naturally take the normal precautions like ensuring water safety, buckling up for a carnival ride, and generally making sure your child is not exposed to danger.
Other than that, let your child explore and experiment. Something as simple as a carnival ride is very exciting for a young child to enjoy on their own.
Encourage participation in fun activities at your local recreation center. Not only are there summer programs for preschoolers but many communities have special event days. Check in your area to find things you and your child can do together. For instance, if you live in a place near beaches, you could join or start a ‘Babies at the Beach’ program.
It’s a great way to help your child socialize and have fun at the same time. It’s easy to organize. Everyone brings their own snacks, drinks and beach toys along with plenty of sun screen. If you don’t have one in your area already, pick a venue and post a notice at your local preschool activity center or daycare.