7 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Be Independent ...

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As a parent one of your foremost responsibilities is to teach your kids to be independent.

It is a double edged sword as on the one hand, you don’t really want to let them go while on the other you know you have to encourage them to do just that.

From the time you first sent them to school you felt this paradox and now that they are older, you know you have an even greater responsibility.

Here’s how you can encourage your kids to be more independent.

1. Give Them an Allowance

In case you haven’t already done so, give them an allowance.

Your kids need to have their own money to blow up or save.

Usually, they learn a lot about making decisions when it’s their own dough that’s on the line.

They may also pick up useful lessons about saving and budgeting.

2. Assign Responsibility

As they get older, assign your children responsibility.

For example, you could make them responsible for the family pet.

So if one day they forget to take the dog out, they have to clean up the resultant mess that takes place inside.

Understanding that they own the responsibility of the task helps them gain independence.

3. Asking Them to Make Appointments and Reservations

To give them a taste of the real world, encourage your kids to make their doctor’s appointments and family dinner reservations.

They will get the confidence to talk appropriately on the phone and get an idea of what’s its like to be an adult and do adult things.

4. Encourage Them to Make Choices

Rather than deciding things for themselves, encourage them to make the choices themselves.

When it comes to finalizing their subjects in school, force them to introspect and figure out what they want to do.

It could even be deciding how to spend a family weekend.2

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