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Health Tip: Encourage Independence Among Preschoolers

Health Tip: Encourage Independence Among Preschoolers

(HealthDay News) -- Preschool-age children are learning to become more independent, a trait that parents should encourage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to foster independence in your preschooler:

  • Set limits, enforce the rules and give clear consequences.

  • Develop and adhere to predictable routines.

  • Take time to talk to your child, ask questions, learn about her day and listen to what she has to tell you.

  • Give your child certain responsibilities each day.

  • Let your child take responsibility for some bathing and grooming tasks, such as using the potty and getting dressed for school.

  • Set basic safety rules, including information on what to do if an adult asks the child to do something he or she isn't comfortable with.

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