Lets face it, there’s a lot of pressure on moms and dads.
And the new way moms and dads are dealing with all the pressures that come with taking care of the family is a new parenting trend called “sittervising”.
What is sittervising?
The new parenting technique includes moms and dads supervising their kids from a seated position.
Parenting expert Susie Allison came up with the term to show how parents can safely watch their kids playing independently while moms and dads can enjoy a few moments to theirselves too!
“We can take a step back and still supervise them, still keep them safe,” explains Allison. “We can do that and grow their autonomy, grow their risk management, grow their self-confidence, and all the other juicy, delicious parts of early childhood.”Susie Allison
Curious on how to start? Allison says the first step to sittervising is realizing you don’t have to hover over your kids 24/7.
“We have permission to sit while our children are playing … The goal is to allow the child to naturally grow and develop while also honoring the parent as a person.”Susie Allison
And you can start sittervising with your child when they’re a baby and you can still teach your child if they’re a toddler or school-aged too!
Here are several steps Allison recommends when it comes to beginning sittervising:
- Safety always comes first!
- Create a playtime routine: Schedule a time for your child to play where you can “sittervise” and be consistent with it.
- Start small (baby steps): Begin small while introducing this new parenting trend with your kid
- Use a visual timer for playtime while sittervising
- No butting in!
- Stay strong, you’ve got this!
- Ditch the mom or dad guilt
And get this, sittervising works because real moms and dads are sharing their positive experiences with the new technique on social media!