When a child enters a Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area for the first time, it usually causes culture shock. The child is transported from a home in which they are the centre of attention or only share attention with one or two siblings into a place where there are a lot of other children and none are the ultimate centre of attention.
The child is in an environment where they are expected to follow rules which may or may not be what they are used to at home. Often, when a rule or time limit such as “Messy Play is over now” interferes with the child’s enjoyment of the moment, the child will say “that’s not fair.” Unfortunately, to a brain with typical three year old development, the concept of “fair” is often individual and egocentric. Since there are other children, too, the child needs to be taught a concept of “fairness” that applies equally to all students.
Here are some ways to help teach a child about fairness and how important it is.
Know and Follow Rules
Toddlers don’t like rules, but they can be taught at home by consistency and patience on the part of the parent. Don’t make it like military service, but introduce a rule at a time in a gentle and patient but firm manner. Let your child know that rules make it “fair” for everyone.
Teach your child to share with family members and friends. This will help them realise that others are as important as they are.
When a child learns to listen, they learn to respect the importance of others. This is another step in growing out of an egocentric point of view.
Teach your child to take responsibility for their actions and to not blame family and friends for negative outcomes and events.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
We teach fairness gently but firmly every day. To learn more, contact any Cuddles Childcare Centre.