My daughter just turned 10 and I’ve been trying to encourage her to be more independent. As moms, we tend to do everything for our kids. I let her use an alarm or older brother wake her up. She picks her clothes the night before, gets papers signed and packs her backpack. She also packs her own lunch.
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Kelly D says
I let my kids try things on their own at first and I am there if they need me.
I started with little things when she was young like paying for a candy that she picked out and as she grows, letting her do more on her own but letting her know i have her back.
I teach them how to do something and then have them try doing it themselves. I’m always available to help but I encourage them to do it independently.
shelly peterson says
I teach them how to do things on their own and have them start doing things on their own a little at a time.
Mya Murphy says
I encourage by letting them do everything on their own, with me watching.. I love seeing their creativity at play. ☺
Sara Zielinski says
By teaching them that its not wrong or bad to fail.
Thomas Gibson says
I let them make decisions on their own starting out young. Then guide them accordingly if they make bad decisions.
Our kids have already learned how to budget money, though putting it into practice is a little more difficult. They know how hard it is to earn money, and that makes them appreciate it more when they spend it.
let them make their own decisions
I encourage them to do things on their own and try new things.
Michelle J. says
They get themselves ready.
kathy Persons says
Teach by example. Don’t be afraid just try~
Katherine S says
I try to teach them to be responsible by keeping track of their homework and library books and other school items. I have them put their own stuff away and take it out.
My little girl is the I can do it on my own type already, so I usually just sit by and make sure she does not need any help.
Slowing letting them do things independently.
I definitely encourage them to make their own choices and decisions without my input and let them decide for themselves when it comes to things like what they will wear or eat for a snack, etc..
jeremy mclaughlin says
Teach them how to do things by themselves.
I don’t have kids, only nieces and nephews, but I encourage them to think things out, to try new challenges, to be persistent, and to learn from their failures. I think we learn more from our failures than from our successes, in general.
Bridgett Wilbur says
I let them make there own choices and try to guide them in the right direction.
athena j graeme says
I put my daughter into Girl Scouts. She’s learning STEM, how to cook, bake, sew, how to manage money, how to be a salesman, how to do projects. It’s amazing what Scouts can do.
Cindy Peterson says
Teaching life skills: handling their money, cooking, cleaning, washing, budgeting time.etc.. Sports has also helped them have more confidence which helps with individual independence.
EMMA L HORTON says
I MAKE THEM DO CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE.
I teach them important life skills and let them do something for themselves without my help
Tony Platz says
I UEGE THEM TO TRY THINGS ON THIER OWN AND THEN SHOW THEM HOW IF THET DO NOT FIGURE IT OUT.
Amy Deeter says
i encourage my kids’ Independence by doing chores around the house
Ellie Wright says
I let my kids make a lot of decisions themselves and them steer them right if those decisions are wrong.
carol clark says
well im right here you go pay for it then it was like you can go in the dollar store but then i got in trouble for letting her when she was 10 do that by grandmaw so i thought i was doing good until i looked at it from a nother view
Laurie Emerson says
I let them try to do little things for themselves depending on their age.
LeAnn Harbert says
I encourage them to participate in church and school activities.
Nancy Bowers says
I teach them that they need to make good choices because for every choice there is a consequence.
Sandy Sawyer says
I let them try new tasks by themselves and praise their accomplishments.
beth shepherd says
I like to teach my kids then let them try. Thank you
Stephanie Shipley says
My son is 11. I encourage my son to be independent by having him do his own laundry and teaching him how to cook. Sometimes he makes (supervised) dinner for us.
Donna Porter says
I teach them to do some things on their own and let them know it is ok to fail. Just get up and try again!
Leah Shumack says
I urge my daughter to try something new everyday and we do a lot together. We often try things that are new to me as well so she sees that it’s ok to fail and laugh it off and do something else!
Ellen B says
managing their allowance – when it’s gone they know to try to do better
By reinforcing “making good choices”.
cyndi br says
I teach them to be a problem solver.
jennifer barr says
I let them try to figure things our on their own and i’m here to help when they ask.
Karley Moore says
My kids have always been able to choose their own clothes and hairstyles, as long as it follows school rules. They have always had chores that they get a small allowance for. Teaching them to save and spend their own money wisely has been very important.
For me, it was asking both of my children to feel comfortable picking out their own clothes for the school week. That made them confident and feeling as they could make good choices.
Allowing them to make choices though even at times the wrong one and them teach them skills how to make better choices or fix the incorrect ones.
I encourage them to make their own choices when they can and I’ll help if needed. I think developing some sense of independence at an early age is great for both the child and parent.
I started with letting my son make his breakfast choices and then that lead to screen time choices, etc until he became comfy doing things on his own.
Deb Jackson says
I let them experience consequences
Celeste Herrin says
I started with my kids pretty young learning about earning and spending and what it takes to get something they want. I also allowed them to fix their own breakfast with some guidance, choose their clothing and pack their lunch.
Candie L says
I give them choices. Thank you
Susan Smith says
I encourage them to do things on their own and keep trying new things and activities.
lisa king says
i let my grandkids learn independence by trying things they say they cannot do and encourging them by telling them that they can do it
I allow them to make their own choices on food, clothing, hair style, room decor etc.
Jenny Ham says
It’s good to teach them to speak up. To stand back and not talk for them helps.