Independence

Yaritza - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My six year old daughter is an only child and it's very difficult to allow her to do things independently. I admit she's a little spoiled. How can I help her become more independent such as giving herself a bath?

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Tammy - posted on 08/15/2009

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Yes, praise, encouragement and your attention are what children want. Notice the good, ignore the bad (to a certain point). Be sincere in your praise, don't overdo it and obviously you can't ignore it if they are going to hurt people or property. But it could just be that age . . . My 4th child is 7 and is severly codependent. I wonder if she can do ANYTHING by herself. She just loves being around people - hello, she's the last in a family of 6 :)

Jamie - posted on 08/14/2009

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Rewarding. I stayed the the bathroom (see thru curtain) and told them what to do. (missed washing the top of your head...) Then was over excited at how clean they were after doing it themselves. It made them want to shower on their own.

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