Fostering Independence - TeachersAndFamilies

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Parents may struggle with the issue of how much independence to foster in their children. They may overlook a child's excessive dependency because this dependence seems to pose fewer serious problems than aggressiveness and noncompliance. However, dependency can interfere with the development of the skills and confidence necessary for effective decision-making.

Dependency can also delay social development, causing children to have problems in their relationships with adults and other children. Children and parents both can benefit by cultivating developmentally appropriate independence.





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This article is provided by the National Association of School Psychologists, and is based on an article written by Chuck McBride and Max McFarland of the Nebraska Department of Education, revised by Stella Thompson for the first edition of Helping Children at Home and School (NASP, 1998), and further revised for the second edition (2004) by Judith Kennedy, EdS, school psychologist with Adult and Child Psychological Services, Rapid City, South Dakota.
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