I think our greatest challenge is the cultural twist we live in (in the West) where children doing things for themselves and getting stuck into (often messy) projects is considered neglectful and worthy of reporting to some official or another. Sigh. Whereas completely dependent students who are dressed immaculately are considered well parented and ‘whole’.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori.
This is in stark contrast to pretty much EVERYWHERE ELSE AROUND THE WORLD, and most of the educational philosophies brought together by great thinkers.
Home ed has taught me about letting go and seeing what the children are capable of unfold. What a blessing.