By laying the groundwork for responsible behavior early, you can find a comfort level in allowing independence as your child grows older.
In the beginning, the choices are simple. Fostering independence in a toddler is as easy as:
By the time your child reaches school, there will be other demands for independence. Help her test the waters by:
Once your child is a "tween" – between the ages of 9 and 13 – she will begin to develop her own sense of identity and desire more independence. Unfortunately, she might be caught in a world between wanting to be grown up, and still needing the security of being a child.
By the time a child reaches high school, milestones abound, including getting the driver's license. Parents walk a fine line between giving freedoms and pulling in the reins as their children approach adulthood. As your teen asks for more and more rights, consider:
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