Key Points for Increasing Responsible Behavior
Point # 3:
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.