Aid to Life
Supporting the natural development of children
You want to do the best for your child but no one ever trained you to be a parent. Sometimes the information you find in books, magazines, parent groups and websites is conflicting and overwhelming. It is difficult to know which route to take to help your child.
Aid to Life offers clear, simple, straightforward advice that is easy to understand and most importantly easy to apply.
The Aid to Life Initiative is founded on the idea that children develop optimally when they are brought up in an environment that supports their natural development, with an adult who understands how to connect them to positive activity and then allows them enough time to grow and develop according to their own pace and rhythm.
The content here is provided by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) https://montessori-ami.org
Help me to move by myself.
Movement brings your child in touch with the world around him. He learns through everything he sees, touches, smells, tastes and hears. Being allowed to explore the things he finds around him helps to make those very important connections in his brain. Your child was born to move and helping him to move freely right from the moment of birth is vital to the building of his intelligence.
Help me to communicate by myself.
Right from the moment of birth your baby is not only absorbing your words but is also taking in your tone, intonation and the structure of the way you speak. He creates his own way of speaking from the things that he hears. To start with he will only communicate by using body language and by crying but as he grows words will start to spill out of him and these words will be as rich and as fluently expressed as the words he has heard around him in the first years of his life. As parents we can make a difference to our child's language by following a few simple principles.
Help me to do it by myself.
Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves and think for ourselves. Your child becomes independent through his own activity. What should you let your child do? By being included in simple daily activities, he begins to understand routines, his role in the family, and his own abilities. When you offer choices at the right times and only lend a hand when he needs help, you are saying to him, "I know you can do this by yourself." He gains skills, confidence, and an "I can do it" attitude, which he will take with him throughout his life.
Help me to be responsible by myself.
Helping your child to learn how to take control of himself is one of the most challenging parts of being a parent. We all want to be able to go about our normal lives knowing that we can trust our child to behave and cope with different social situations. You can create the circumstances for your child to develop self-discipline by following three simple steps.