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Why does your child need to be independent?

5 Tips for Raising an Independent Child

Our children are dependent on us for the simplest of things. Most of the time, we want them to be that way, thinking that children cannot handle things on their own. But, we are wrong. We have the responsibility to teach our children what freedom means and how to do things on their own, make mistakes and learn from them. Teaching independence will help them grow up to be responsible, strong and self-reliant adults.
If you think it will be difficult to familiarise a kid with this, we've got a few tips that may nudge your kids in the right direction.

Why does your child need to be independent?

Your child will eventually grow into a fully functioning adult. Acquiring a few life skills will help them meet the needs of adulthood. By giving them the power to make decisions about little things on their own, they can understand more about themselves and discover what truly makes them happy.

Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. There will be periods of failure and frustration in your child's life. But if your child is independent, he will recognize his mistakes and might seek your guidance and support the next time.

How to teach your child to be independent?

Here are a few simple tips to encourage independence in your children at an early age.

1. Let your child make decisions on their own:

Empower your children to make choices on their own, as it often makes them independent thinkers and doers. When you enable your children to make decisions on their own, they take ownership of their decisions, and they learn from their poor choices.:

2. Give them Responsibilities:

Your child might not be ready to handle huge responsibilities, but they certainly can handle small responsibilities. Independence starts from self, and that is where you can help your child to begin. For example, if you have planned a day out, give your child a simple task like packing his bag for the trip or tell him to make a list of items you might need during the trip.

3. Love and Respect their Choices:

Shower your child with love, care, and respect. When these components are present, a child's confidence grows. Don't ridicule them for their bad decisions; instead offer your support to them. By doing so, your child will be encouraged to do things on their own.

4. Provide an Allowance:

Another excellent way to make your child independent is to offer them an allowance for the household chores they do. Besides, granting them an allowance will help them learn to save, spend within a budget, and manage money.

Purchase a piggy bank and encourage them to save money for something they want to buy. By doing so, children will learn the amount of hard work and patience they need to achieve their goals.

5. Allow your child to workout conflicts on their own:

Our parental instinct is to swoop right in and fix our kid's problem. But what is important is to teach our kids how to handle those situations. When it comes to raising them to be independent, it also includes resolving conflicts on their own.

 By teaching them to work through the conflicts by themselves, we help them deal with their emotions, feelings, and ultimately help them move on with lifelong lessons.

Our kids will always need us in one way or another. And keeping the long-term benefits in mind, we should guide our children to be independent thinkers and doers.  Encouraging children to be independent will give our children the confidence and strength to conquer the world.

At Mere Nanhe Kadam, we provide opportunities to help children develop independence at a young age through engaging activities. A pioneer in online early education programs, we offer LIVE online classes conducted by India's expert educators, making learning fun and interactive. With a well-researched curriculum, learning kits, webinar training for parents, your child will get 360° support and growth in all aspects.