If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. – Maria Montessori
Sometimes it is messy, but when I give my children (3 and 5) space to do things on their own, their confidence shines throughout the day. They feel more independent and start doing other things by/for themselves, without being asked; putting their shoes away, cleaning up their plates after a meal, making their beds. The beauty in this independence is that we start to feel more like a team!