- Encourage your kids to become independent
- Learn the vital stages of letting go
- Make yourself redundant
- The vital handbook for all parents
It’s well established that parents currently do too much for their kids. Before driving their kids to school each morning most parents wake up their children and make their breakfast and lunch, before reminding them to get dressed and brush their teeth. All this may make for an easier life at home but it encourages children to be dependent on adults for longer. This is the exact opposite of what parents have done in the past, which is to develop their children’s independence and achieve the most important parenting outcome of all – their own redundancy.
There are a number of reasons for this high level of dependency parenting, including family shrinkage, older parents, busy lives and a heightened fear that the world is a dangerous place for young people. While terms such as ‘helicopter parents’, ‘bubble-wrapping kids’ and ‘over-parenting’ are now commonplace, they are unhelpful and offer little direction for parents.
In Spoonfed Generation, Michael Grose – one of Australia’s leading parenting educators – explains the importance of children’s independence and the vital stages to letting go. Never before has a generation been so dependent on their parents; now it’s time to remove the spoon and put it back in the drawer.