While I think the most important thing in the world is to make sure kids have parents at all, I do think it’s vital, as moms and dads, that we try to raise independent kids—kids who will turn into productive, healthy adults. I’m all for loving kids unconditionally, but I also want to help them grow up to be responsible. I want them to be confident and courageous and self-assured. That means challenging them, even while they’re young, to do things for themselves. And that means not hovering over them all the time. It’s hard right now (for them and me), but it’s worthwhile in the long run.
Over at Babble, I’m sharing ten rules for raising independent kids.
Read the rest here.