Should you have fewer rules if you want an independent child?

Young Parents

What does it mean to develop independence in your child? Veteran educator Patricia Koh, who founded Pat’s Schoolhouse and now heads Maple Bear Singapore, says: “Developing independence should be taken to mean helping a child cope with simple tasks without having to rely on an adult all the time, rather than allowing a child to be free to do things his way.”

Here, she shares 5 ways to help your child cope with simple tasks:

1. STATE the exact action needed. Your child needs to understand what is required of him. Be specific and say: “Please put all your toys into the blue box when you have finished playing with them.”

2. SHOW how it is done. Your child needs to observe, learn and imitate the correct actions. It is thus important that you…

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