Maria Montessori, a respected doctor at the beginning of the 20th century, turned educator, is known for saying “any unnecessary help is a hindrance to development.”
We’re in such a hurry today this belief is even more on point now then when MM philosophized about allowing our children to do things for themselves.
Assisting a child that wants to walk, button, put on shoes, coat, etc. holds back development, lowers self esteem.
That is not to say we don’t give l