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How parents can foster autonomy during lockdown

Build a home environment where children can make their own decisions and take an active role within the household. Allowing children to be heard, have their own role within the home and a sense of independence can help build upon their own sense of autonomy.

The team at BelievePerform discuss how parents can foster autonomy during lockdown.

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  1. Don’t feel the need to constantly instruct your child. Provide them with a sense of control.
  2. Encourage your child to find a route that works for them and fits in with the family.
  3. Try not to tell your child what to do and instead suggest things which might be able to help.
  4. Adopt a collaborative parenting style. Work together as a team with your family.
  5. Encourage your child to work through a daily planner that helps find you all a sense of rhythm.
  6. As parents be curious around how you can manage your own feeling of letting go of control.
  7. Encourage and support your child to problem-solve when they are faced with worries.
  8. Work as a family to take turns doing things (e.g. taking turns to cook or clean).
  9. Ask your child to come up with a family activity that you can all do together. Give them a sense of responsibility.
  10. Listen to their worries and let them share their frustrations. Encourage them to try and find the solution and then ask how you can help.

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