Successful Independence Does not Happen Overnight


Children learn to make responsible choices by practicing with small ones from the time they are toddlers. Adolescence is a time that this drive for independence becomes very strong, but the teen is not ready for full self-reliance. As a parent it is important to give the choices when appropriate. Try letting them choose which chores they will do each week. Praise them when they have completed them on time and for being accountable.