How to support your child’s independence

 

  • Make sure that your child is taking responsibility for their own organisation; check they have everything needed for their day but do not pack it or prepare it for them. e.g. PE kit, Food Tech ingredients, lab coat.

 

  • Let your child do things for themselves. Doing things for them encourages them to do less, and soon, they think they cannot do these tasks.

 

  • Give your child time to do things for themselves. Although it may be quicker for you to do it for them, build time into the day so that they can complete the task themselves.

 

  • Encourage your child to enrich their learning on topics that interest them; go to the library and find books about things they are interested in, allow them to watch documentaries on what they are studying at school.

 

  • Respect your child’s feelings and opinions and show them lots of love and support. This will allow them to be more confident and, in turn, independent.

 

  • Establish clear and fair family rules: Stating clear family rules about behaviour, communication and socialising will help your child understand where the limits are and what you expect. Rules will also help you be consistent in how you treat your child. Once the rules are in place, apply them consistently.