Remember: Each Family Is Unique
Before we enumerate the activities that encourage independence in children, here’s a little reminder: no two families are alike.
Family A may allow their 4-year-old to ride a bike alone in the neighborhood, while Family B may insist on watching over their 5-year-old as they play with friends. Does it mean that the 4-year old child is “more independent” than the older kid?
You see, Family A may live in a friendly, tight-knit neighborhood away from busy streets, and Family B’s child might still be experiencing separation anxiety.
The bottom line is, teaching your child to be independent involves taking many factors into consideration. So, be kind to yourself, and remember that your little one may need help in some tasks but work independently in others.
Activities That Encourage Independence In Children
Children can be self-reliant on any activity or task as long as they are age-appropriate and well-guided. Below are some suggestions for teaching your child to be independent.
Give Them Choices
Nurture your little one’s ability to choose for themselves. Offer them choices in clothing, food, or activities. For instance, when it’s storytime, show them 2 to 3 books and ask them what they want to hear. Just make sure that all of the choices are appropriate for them.