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Raising Independent Children

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Home
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

From Instagram to a Bedtime Plan: Brain Science Rejects Helicopter Parenting

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Home
Katherine Eskovitz

What I have learned in my fleeting 11 years as a mom is that the act of letting my children map out their own paths, even when it means failure, does not come easily.

Self-Advocacy for Individuals with Special Needs

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Home
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There is a whole giant world outside of school, a world without the cushion of educators and therapists. In this world -- the "real world" -- the grocery store clerk is impatient, the librarian is too busy, the MTA employee isn't aware and the boss simply doesn't care.

To Take or to Give

Eldon Taylor | Posted 10.01.2013 | Home
Eldon Taylor

Most people in every generation try to make things easier for their children than they had it. In doing so, however, we may not actually be doing them any favors.

Put Them On The Bus -- To Camp!

Alan Saltz | Posted 07.17.2013 | Home
Alan Saltz

That transition from mom's (or dad's) loving arms to the bus, that challenging moment of truth as they head off to camp, is what makes the experience so seminal for your son or daughter.

Our Only Child Never Wants to be Alone!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Home
Susan Stiffelman

In the absence of siblings, it is easy for only children to depend on their parents for companionship.

The Moment I Realized My Son Was Becoming an Adult

Rachel Aydt | Posted 01.21.2013 | Home
Rachel Aydt

Never in a million years would I have sent him on his first solo walk in New York down to Avenue A and back, but as it turned out, he handled it.

Our Summer of Self-Sufficiency

Kerry Lyons | Posted 10.24.2012 | Home
Kerry Lyons

If I decided to take a more introspective look at our "DIY Summer," I would have to admit that I can be an impediment to our children's self-sufficiency. It's hard for me to accept "their" way of doing things. After all, no one can make "hospital corners" like I can or load the dishwasher just so.

The Summer of Independence: Teaching our Tots to 'Do It Self!'

Kerry Lyons | Posted 08.06.2012 | Home
Kerry Lyons

As my babies have grown, I have grown increasingly sentimental for those baby days when they needed me so urgently; when I was the answer to their questions, their longings, their needs.

The Stuck-at-Home Generation

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Christine Carter, PhD

While independence is a part of happiness, so is connectedness. Past generations may have gone too far, making oh-so-independent Americans less connected to friends and family.