We know our kids grow older. They want (need) more independence & responsibility. And yet, developmental milestones are usually harder for parents than they are for kids. In some ways, we don’t want to see them grow up. They are our babies after all.
My tip this week is simple: challenge your kids to do as much (or even a little more) than you think they can. Allow them to stretch. Let them go to the movie on their own, cook dinner for the family, mow the lawn — whatever they could be ready for next. It will always be easier to do it yourself, or wait a little longer. But really, what are you waiting for? If the goal is to raise confident, independent kids, what can you do to encourage that now?