“I'm amazed at what children CAN do when given the opportunity and encouragement. I love the pride, confidence and sense of purpose/ pleasure in contributing, each new skill achieved brings. The smiles are awesome too.”
A mother left this comment on our Facebook page recently in response to our post: “What would be the impact if you did less, not more for your children?”
It got me thinking that the joy that this mother took from watching her children develop independence was no accident. Her parenting style played a large role in her children’s independence.All power to her and her parenting style!
I’ve long believed that adults are the gatekeepers for children’s independence.
We open the gate to independence when we give children opportunities to develop self-help skills (carry their own schoolbags, get themse...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)