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The many faces of independence

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Here are 5 ways for parents to give their children the skills, encouragement and support in their quest for independence. It’s been well documented in recent years that children/young people are dependent on adults for longer.  In Australia one in four 18-30 year olds still live at home and those numbers are on the increase. There are many reasons for this including lack of housing, affordability, working and partnering later, and simple convenience. The propensity for many parents to do too much for children is a massive contributor to this increased dependency. Oddly, this is the exact opposite of what parents have always done, which is to develop their children’s independence, and in doing so effectively become redundant from their children. There are a number of reasons for the current high level of dependency parenting including family shrinkage (p...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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