|Parents feel better when they know their children are safe and have some skills to solve problems independently. Developing independence means that we give up a little bit of control as children grow up and attend school, participate in sports or community activities, or spend the night away from home.
How do you feel about your child developing independence? Are you worried that they won’t be safe?There are several steps we can take to increase our sense of safety and a maturing child’s sense of self-sufficiency.
Here’s one:It seems that almost everyone has a cell phone now. This is indeed a safety device as it allows immediate contact. What happens if the phone runs out of battery or your child leaves it at home?
Suggestion: Help your child write important phone numbers on a small card to keep in his or her billfold or wallet in case your child needs to borrow someone else’s phone to make a call.
What are some tips that you have found to be useful to develop independence?
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- The 411 on Cell Phone Use and Teens (everydayhealth.com)
- Seen At 11: Cellphone Dependency, What To Do If You Become Disconnected (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Teaching Children to Use a Cell Phone (cellphones.answers.com)
- What if I lose my smartphone? (safeandsavvy.f-secure.com)