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Here some suggestions to encourage Independence at home:

  • Give children opportunities to be independent e.g. getting dressed independently, learning to tie their shoe laces and ties on they own, organising their school equipment
  • Forget perfection- Accept that children won’t do the task as well as you. Let them try to do things for themselves e.g. Making their own cereal, if the milk spills, show them how to clean it up without criticism and assure them it happens to everyone
  • Read ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett or ‘Nelson Mandela, Long walk to freedom’ by Chris Van Wyk.