Gaining independence is a standard part of growing up, and whilst it will come naturally to some children, others might need an extra nudge. Whatever their age, it’s important that you help them set and achieve goals to aid them on their free-flying journey. That’s why we have compiled a small guide on how to help your child become increasingly self-reliant and confident.

How to encourage your child to be more independent

Give them jobs and chores around the house

Giving your child age-appropriate jobs can help build up their responsibility. These chores can be anything from setting the table, tidying their room or sweeping the floor. Once they realise that they are more than capable of taking on small tasks, they will be eager and feel more confident in taking on more responsibility.  

Let them be in charge of their homework and deadlines

Setting good work habits from an early age will only aid them in the future. Get them a homework diary if their school hasn’t already provided them with one so that they can note down any work they have to do. They could also write down their chores in this diary too so that they learn to juggle different responsibilities in an organised manner. Allowing them the space to keep track of their work and develop strong time management is a crucial part of gaining independence. Of course, this does not mean that you shouldn’t check up on them and make sure they are on track, but it will allow them to become more self-reliant. 

Allow them to walk to school or go to the park without adult supervision

If you live close enough and it is safe enough, encourage your child to walk to school or go to the park alone, with siblings or with friends. Ensure that your child knows the route and is aware of road safety before letting them fly solo. If you are worried about them, you could get them a UBEE Explorer GPS tracker watch which will allow you to track and contact your child so you can make sure they are safe. You can even set up a virtual fence so that you are notified when they leave a certain area. Issuing them this freedom to roam will give them a boost of confidence and make them feel more capable of taking on more responsibility without the help of an adult. 

Look after younger siblings, other children or even pets

By looking after other children or pets they will learn to be responsible not only for themselves, but others. Taking care of others will teach your child to be reliable, caring and confident. If they are still too young to take care of other children, a pet is a great way to introduce responsibility. Everyday tasks such as feeding your pet could be an excellent way for them to learn to take care of others.