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Teach Your Child to be Self-Reliant

Parents should aim at building self reliant kids.Self reliance is the confidence that a person has in his inner resources to cope with any situation on his own. 

Self-reliance vs. self-confidence

Self-reliance is a trait that parents should aim at building into their children's personalities. A self-reliant child is one who is more active, independent, creative, competent and spontaneous. You are probably thinking that a confident child would show the same traits. However, there is a thin line that separates self-reliance from self-confidence. Self-reliance is a broader concept than self-confidence. While self-confidence relates to specific skills and aptitudes that an individual may have, self-reliance refers to the confidence that a person has in his inner resources to cope with any situation on his own.
 

What is self-reliance?

A person who is self-reliant is self-sufficient, is able to think and function independently, is not risk-averse and solves problems rather than worries about them. Such a person would trust his own judgement, rarely needing to consult others for advice or guidance. A self-reliant person has better control of his life and can handle any curveball that life may throw his way. 
 

Letting go

Your child will not develop self-reliance as long as you are hovering around him like a fussy mother hen. You're going to have to learn to let go. But it's going to be a but like walking a tightrope. If you let go too soon, your child may end up feeling insecure rather than independent. On the other hand, if you let go too late, you may have already made your child get into the habit of being dependent on you.

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Ritesh.2 years ago
After reading this article, I have found the importance of developing kids as a self-reliant kid. I have also understood that a kid who is self-dependent is tend to learn everything on his/her own than depending on the others.
 
 
 
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Sohin.7 years ago
yes its very important for a child to learn how to be self reliant.
 
 
 
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balaji.7 years ago
we need more information about child reliant for their better future
 
 
 
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cheri.7 years ago
great web page
 
 
 
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kavita.7 years ago
truly great web page.
 
 
 
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Tracy.7 years ago
thank you for an interesting and helpful read.
 
 
 
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Jayshree.7 years ago
it is refreshing to have an indian site encouraging self reliance in children. many issues amongst our indian community would be better served if people are brought up to be self reliant instead of dependending on what others think etc. congratulations on an intelligent article.
 
 
 
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toni.7 years ago
thanx for all the help i am studying to be a teacher and this has helped me alot keep it up....
 
 
 
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laura.7 years ago
this web page has helped me with my college work and i never knew the difference between self reliance and self confident before, and now i can help children become better poeople for the future. thank you
 
 
 
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karen.7 years ago
thoroughly enjoyed reading your advice, no other site seemed to have all this information, i am certainly going to try the things i have read, i now know where i am going wrong. thank you
 
 
 
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