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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Golden Tips to make your Children Self-Reliant

Every parent aspires to make his or her kid self reliant and self sufficient in the life. A kid who is self-reliant is always self-sufficient and independent, is capable enough to think and act on his or her own initiative, is ready to take simple risks and becomes successful in solving intricate problems, rather than needlessly fret over them. Such a kid depends on his or her own judgment and thinking processes, and they rarely need otherís help and assistance in solving very simple problems. A kid who is self reliant will always perform better in his or her life, and this positive quality will also assist them in achieving positive things in the life.

If you wish to make your kid a positively inclined and self reliant human being, you will need to put considerable effort and time to teach and guide him or her in the process. Here are some golden tips to make your kid self reliant and self sufficient, a quality that will help children in achieving unparalleled success in all spheres of life.

  • Baby stage the right stage, when you can start teaching your child to be self reliant! The right age to start guiding your kids to learn being independent is when they reach their first year. You can allow your kids to perform several common daily routine like brushing teeth, feeding on their own, trying to clean on their own and carry their own small things. When you allow them to carry out even the smallest task, they will get the required fillip and urge to try out several other tasks and simple assignments.

  • Allow your kids to indulge in free and individualistic play, when they can start to explore their own options, ideas and strategies. At this critical juncture, your kid will also develop several other techniques like cognitive and motor control techniques.

  • As your child start growing into his or her second year, you can ask him or her to help you in your work, especially in the kitchen and garden. Just ask him or her to bring a spoon or a small tumbler to help you in cooking the food. While in the garden, you can give him or her small plastic water can to ask to water one of two plants. Teaching how to sow the seeds is yet another technique that eventually helps your kid to learn being self initiated and independent.

  • By the end of the third year, your kid is ready to manage her or his own time by playing with a number of toys or carry out simple tasks like brushing the teeth or feeding from a bowl. Now, you will need to play the role of a mentor or guide to lead the child.

  • One of the most critical aspects of teaching your kid a lesson in learning self-sufficiency is assigning a particular task and holding him or her responsible for finishing the task. But, never scold your kid, if the assigned job is left unfinished.

  • Kids learn quite a number of things, when they are playing and exercising. It is a well-known fact that allowing kids to play on their own will benefit them in learning independent skills and tricks. Extended physical fitness and strength will also help your kid to develop competency and the character of self-sufficiency.

  • Allow your kids to have some private and quality time to do their own things. When they are on their own, kids can learn a number of things or discover a series of solutions for a series of simple problems.

There are more tips and ideas that you can use to make your child independent and self reliant. You may need to find your own ideas and tricks depending on the existing situations at your home. Always remember that you are not going to be with your child forever, nor will you be holding his or her hand all the time to protect from any undesirable situation. If your child is self reliant and independent, it is good for both you and him. A self reliant kid is that individual who tackle, attempt and solve any type of problems without the help of his or her parents; initially, it may start with simple brushing of teeth or using a spoon to drink the soup, but, these small activities will become the catalyst for an all round personal development in the later stages of life. 


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