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Tips for Building Self-reliance

Tips for Building Self-reliance

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.

Self 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.  

The dos:

  • 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 it. 

  • 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, etc. 

  • 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 job.

  • 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 more. 

  • 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 self-reliant. 

The don'ts:

  • 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 children to their own devices, otherwise they'll grow up being scared of their own shadows.

  • 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 them. 

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Varsha.7 years ago
Physical fitness is really important for the kids. Very helpful tips. We need to motivate children to take part in games and other activities. I have recently made my daughter to join skating classes in Orchids school.
Sohin.11 years ago
yes its very important for a child to learn how to be self reliant.
balaji.11 years ago
we need more information about child reliant for their better future
cheri.11 years ago
great web page
kavita.11 years ago
truly great web page.
Tracy.11 years ago
thank you for an interesting and helpful read.
Jayshree.11 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.
toni.11 years ago
thanx for all the help i am studying to be a teacher and this has helped me alot keep it up....
laura.11 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
karen.11 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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