I'm a new parent to a 3-year-old boy, and I'm starting to notice that he wants to do things on his own, but I'm not always sure how to balance encouraging his independence with ensuring his safety. I want to encourage his autonomy and self-confidence, but I don't want to put him in danger or expose him to unnecessary risks.
For example, he wants to climb on the playground equipment at the park, and while I want to let him explore and play, I also worry that he could fall and hurt himself. I try to supervise him closely and make sure he's using the equipment safely, but I don't want to hover over him and take away his sense of freedom.
What are some strategies you've used to encourage your child's independence while also prioritizing their safety? How do you strike a balance between being protective and letting them explore and try new things? Any advice or insights would be greatly appreciated!