Parenting - Behaviour | 2-13 yrs

Raise Your Child To Be Independent

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“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence,” said Denis Waitley, an American motivational speaker.

Do not do for your children what they can do for themselves. Raising your child to be independent of you is one of the most stressed-upon essentials of good parenting. The independent qualities you instil in her would enable her to live the rest of the life in the same strong way. But being independent does not need to have a financial connotation to it, especially when it come to the independence of your child. From tying her own shoes and fixing her own breakfast to staying home alone and learning to walk to a friend’s house, independence can start with the minutest of things and extend to quite a big responsibilities.

An article in Today’s Parent about raising independent children lists eight tips to teach your child to be more independent. “Make time - If it takes her 10 minutes to brush her own hair, start your morning 10 minutes earlier (and put down the brush!). When she’s not being micromanaged, she may surprise you with her co-operation, and you’ll be a calmer influence when you’re not racing against the clock,” reads the article.

To know what the other seven tips are, and to read other suggestions on raising an independent child from a few of the best links in the web, flip through this ClipBook.

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