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by Diana Kohnle

Health Tip: Encourage Independence Among Preschoolers

Create a supportive environment
(HealthDay News) -- Preschool-age children are learning to become more independent, a trait that parents should encourage.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to foster independence in your preschooler:
Set limits, enforce the rules and give clear consequences. Develop and adhere to predictable routines. Take time to talk to your child, ask questions, learn about her day and listen to what she has to tell you. Give your child certain responsibilities each day. Let your child take responsibility for some bathing and grooming tasks, such as using the potty and getting dressed for school. Set basic safety rules, including information on what to do if an adult asks the child to do something he or she isn't comfortable with.
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