Teaching Children Independence: It’s All About the Next Time (3/13/12

Wall Street Journal“Helping out one’s child isn’t coddling and isn’t a bad thing in itself, says Alan Kazdin, a Yale psychology professor and head of the Yale Parenting Center. It helps them feel cared for, nurtured and protected, which is important to help them venture out into the world on their own.

Moreover, there’s no evidence that “tough love” works, Kazdin tells the Health blog.

That said, parents shouldn’t be doing things for their children to the point that they impede children’s daily functioning, such as leaving kids feeling like they can’t go to school without the parent there.”

Click here to read the rest of the article, originally posted on The Wall Street Journal Health Blog and written by Shirley S. Wang.

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