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Talk about Independence!
 
 
     
Independence in Infancy (0-1)  Independence in Middle Childhood (5-11)
       
Baby's temperament Preparing child for school
Comfort object such as stuffed animal or blanket Personal hygiene, assigning chores
Opportunities for exploration Firm rules for safety, stranger safety
Limiting rules and consistently reinforcing them Self-discipline
Putting baby to bed awake Teaching family rules, respect for authority, right from wrong
    Friendships
    Resolving conflicts, handling anger
    Family, team, group activities
    Reading, hobbies
    Positive interaction with teachers and other adults
       
 
       
Independence in Early Childhood (1-5)  Independence in Adolescence (11-21)
       
Feeding self and drinking from a cup New challenges and roles
Opportunities for exploration Clarifying values and trusting feelings
Giving individual attention Developing a support system
Playing alone as well as with others Handling peer pressure, stress
Self-care, self-quieting, self-expression, and choices After-school jobs and volunteer work
Limiting number of rules and consistently reinforcing them Community involvement and social responsibility
Comfort object such as stuffed animal or blanket Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, other drugs
Helping with nightmares and other fears Dating
Community involvement: play groups, preschool, sports    
Toilet training when child is ready    
Assertiveness without aggression    

 

Talk about Independence!

 

Safety | Eating | Fitness | Oral Health | Success in School | Confidence
Independence | Responsibility | Family | Community | Health Charter

 

 
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