As parents, it is easy to recognize our role in parenting our infants. Babies are dependent and rely on us as parents to meet all their needs – physical and emotional. We would be most dismayed, however, if our adolescents demonstrated that same dependence – yet, parents often fail to recognize that it is through teaching, mentoring, and practice that our children learn the skills that help them become independent, self-reliant individuals who can contribute positively to their families and society.
Teaching independence does not negate the importance of providing nurturing and loving support to children of all ages.
Click on the resources below for ideas on how parents can help their children and adolescents develop independence while still remaining connected to their families.