Health Tip: Promoting Independence in Children

Establish specific rules

(HealthDay News) -- Independence is fostered in childhood and can set the stage for a lifetime of learning, growing and exploring.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Create limits and set rules for children, following up with a consequence when a rule is broken.
  • Establish predictable, regular routines that are followed daily.
  • Set guidelines for when television is watched, what kind of programming is seen, and for how long.
  • Read to your child each night at bedtime.
  • Have as many meals together as possible.
  • Chat with your child every day.
  • Give your child specific responsibilities and promote independence in self-care, such as getting dressed and bathing.
  • Talk to your child about how to be a good friend to others.
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