Teaching kids to be self
reliant can help them in the long run. Kids learn to be responsible and
independent if parent encourage them to be self reliant right from early
childhood. They have the ability to take their own decisions by being self
reliant. Here is how parents can inculcate self reliance in kids.
reliance is one of the important virtues which parents can help kids to imbibe.
By being self reliant kids can handle any situation easily. Read on to learn
about the dos and don’ts of building self reliance in kids.
Parents can encourage their children to be self-reliant in
baby steps. Children can start
by taking care of their daily
routine like brushing their teeth, feeding themselves, tying their own laces,
etc. as soon as they get the hang of
Children should spend more time in free
play when they can explore their own ideas and think for themselves.
When they are a little older, they can help with
the chores like laying the table, watering the plants,
If all goes well, they should be
left to manage their own time when it comes to their academics and social life.
Parents should only interfere if they
feel their children are
wandering off track.
Children should be given
responsibilities and held accountable if they do not fulfil their duties. This
will give children a sense of
importance and they will feel that their parents trust them to do the
Physical fitness and strength is an
essential part of being competent and self-reliant. Children must be encouraged to do sport
and other outdoor activity.
Allow children to set their own goals, unless
you feel they are taking the easy way out and you know they are capable of much
Leave them alone for short periods of time so that they
learn to entertain themselves.
Last, but not least, remember that you're not going to be
around forever to hold your children's hands and protect them from all the
pitfalls they might encounter in life. It is in their best interest to be
If children want to try out something
new, parents shouldn't hover around looking
like they're waiting for disaster to strike or constantly giving them
instructions about the 'right' way to go about things. Leave the
their own devices, otherwise they'll grow up being scared of their own
Parents shouldn't rush to their
children's aid every time they come to them with a problem. Encourage them to
think it out for themselves and if they're well and truly stuck, guide them to
the answer. Avoid spoonfeeding your children.
They'll never learn to think of themselves.
Don't set impossibly high standards
for your children or
load them with responsibilities they will find difficult to cope with. This
could backfire and your children may
feel that they are not capable of achieving anything.
Don't make your approval conditional on success.
Praise them for their effort.
Don't label them 'stupid' if they haven't been able to
handle responsibility or cope with a task assigned to
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