Encourage Autonomy

Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 3:

Encourage Autonomy

All chil­dren begin to do things for them­selves. Some fight their par­ents for the oppor­tu­nity while oth­ers resist. Allowing your child to do things for them­selves begins early in life. Daily rou­tines, such as wash­ing hands and get­ting dressed, lead to more com­pli­cated jobs. We must think long term as we demon­strate our con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to take care of them­selves. Mistakes will hap­pen. They need to learn from these mis­takes and also learn that they can be resilient. Learning to react well to mis­takes and frus­tra­tion will serve them well in their future. There are also many times dur­ing the day that what you say and do com­mu­ni­cates impor­tant mes­sages of auton­omy. Show them that you have faith in them and then step back.

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