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Parents Who Raise Independent Thinkers Do These 7 Things

When it comes to values that we should instill in our children, independence and responsibility tend to be at the top of the list. However, it can be hard to strike the balance between tending to our babies and fostering independence.Thankfully, there are a few things we can do to encourage our little ones to grow into strong-minded and independent adults. “Independent thinking children develop higher levels of confidence and have increased self-esteem,” says Carole Kramer Arsenault, a licensed family therapist who is the founder and CEO of Boston Baby Nurse.

“Children who are independent thinkers use their own experiences to interpret the world instead of believing everything they are taught by parents, teachers, society, etc.”Below, I will list 7 things you can do to raise an independent child.The best way to teach behavior is to model it. While part of what kids learn is what they hear, most of a child’s learning will come from what they subconsciously pick up. The majority of subconscious learning is through what kids see/hear us do.It might seem counterproductive to focus on building connection when teaching independence, but when your child feels a strong connection to you, they feel more secure in themselves.

Children need to feel secure to feel confident, at least in the beginning. As they get older, they will become more and more independent.There was once a time when kids were told to be quiet, as a form of respect. However, now we realize how damaging it is to a child to shut them down and invalidate their voice.

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