10 Things to Do During the December 2016 School Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and in that spirit we urge you to explore fun activities with your child to bring the family together and bridge the generation gap. Whether it’s a visit to the theatre, enjoying a great workshop or checking out a rather unusual museum, we’ve got it covered here.

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Bridge that Generation Gap

1. Learn A Historical Board Game

Playing 'Go' Game
Photo credit: Singapore Weiqi Association

Wean off mobile games with something even your grandmother will be proud of. Go, called weiqi in Chinese, hails from as far back as when civilisation began. Engaging the intellect but entirely fun, Go is more complex than Chinese chess and each game can take as quick as 15 minutes or a few days to finish.

The Singapore Weiqi Association organises holidays camps for children aged six and above. The best news? All parents are invited to join in the lessons.

Date & Venue: Click to check out dates and venues

Fee: $300

Sport for the whole Family

2. Bounce Indoor Adventure Park

Bounce Indoor Adventure Park
Photo credit: Bounce Inc

Bounce Singapore first came to our sunny island from Melbourne, Australia in 2012. Featuring a different variety of trampoline zones such as Singapore’s first “Leap of Faith” and more, Bounce caters to children aged three and above, adults and fitness enthusiasts.

With three areas based on interests and difficulty, safety is the first priority for the Park, with rules such as only one person is allowed on each trampoline at a time and landing on two feet is a must. Due to safety concerns, the Park has a weight limit for jumpers.

Their Family Session lets you “Jump as A Family” on Tuesdays, so get ready for some active family bonding.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 10am to 9pm (check for slots available)

Venue: #09-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, S (239695)

Fee: Family ticket is available at $75 per family of 4.

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Holiday Workshops that Spell Fun

3. Conquer the Reading Mission  

Conquer the Reading Mission

Mums, Dads and their budding explorers will get to experience Integrated Phonics (through songs, rhymes and poems), and Listening and Reading comprehension through a series of fun adventures in the wilderness!

The good news is that one parent will be invited to attend the workshop.

Date & Time:

7 Dec, 10am – 12pm (for 3 – 4-year-olds in 2016) Limited Seats Available

7 Dec, 2–4pm (for 5 – 6-years-olds in 2016)

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

Fee: $68 per child

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4. Master the Writing Mission

Explorer Love on a mysterious jungle

Let your children join Explorer Love on a mysterious jungle adventure to discover Adjectives, Conjunctions, Verbs and much more. Through this two-day workshop, they will get to create their own masterpiece and learn all about creative writing. Be sure to cheer them on and see the ‘before and after’ results of their work!

Date & Time:

5 & 6 Dec, 10am – 12pm (for K2 – P1 students in 2016) Limited Seats Available

5 & 6 Dec, 2-4pm (for P2 – P3 students in 2016) Fully Booked

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

Fee: $89 per child

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5. Thinking Cap Programme Workshops

MindChamps Thinking Cap Programme

Let your child benefit from MindChamps’ proprietary Thinking Cap Programme that meets and goes beyond the requirements in the MOE curriculum.

Your child will learn:

  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Multiple-perspective thinking strategies
  • Goal-setting and time management skills
  • Effective learning techniques that can be applied to the school curriculum

And especially for you, the workshops for Primary 3 onwards will feature a video where your child delivers a small speech in appreciation of you. Need we say more?

Workshop Details:

For P3 – P4 students in 2017

Date: 1 & 2 Dec, 9am – 6pm

Fee: $148 per child (Lunch will be provided)

For P5 – P6 students in 2017

Date: 5 & 6 Dec

Time: 9am – 6pm

Fee: $148 per child (Lunch will be provided)

Venue: MindChamps Singapore, 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #17-01 HDB Hub East Wing, S (310480)

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Visual and Performing Arts for All Ages

6. Trick Eye Museum

Trick Eye Museum
Photo credit: rwsentosablog

Crowned by TripAdvisor as the number 1 attraction in Korea (Museum Category), the concept of the Trick Eye Museum uses the special art technique of ‘optical illusions’ that transforms 2D paintings into 3D effect. Singapore is the first stop of Trick Eye Museum’s overseas venture and the museum is located at the hub of local attractions – Resorts World Sentosa. The museum houses around 100 artworks which includes paintings and sculptures.

Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm daily

Venue:  Waterfront @ Resorts World Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, S (098138)

Fee: $25 for adults/$20 for children and senior citizens

Get your tickets here.

7. Charlotte’s Web Theatrical Presentation

The play spins a positive message about friendship.
Photo credit: SRT’s The Little Company

Get entangled in this well-loved classic, the enchanting story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. Come watch how Charlotte uses her web-spinning skills to weave messages that praise Wilbur, making him a treasured pig instead of being sent off to the butcher.
The play spins a positive message about friendship. Experience this timeless story with the entire family!

Date: Showing now till 11 Dec 2016

Venue: KC Arts Centre – Home of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, 20 Merbau Road, S (239035)

Fee: Standard $28/$25 (before booking fee); Family tickets of 4 at $95 (booking fee applies)

Get your tickets here.

8. Little Maestros on Classical Music

Little Maestros on Classical Music
Photo credit: Wolfgang Violin Studio

This year’s Little Maestros Concert features 100 young violin and cello wonders from ages 4 to 16, showcasing all levels from their littlest twinkle stars in the Baby Orchestra, to International Competition Winner, Samuel Tan. It is a night of classical fun for the whole family.

Date & Time: 1 Dec 2016, 7.30pm

Venue: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, S (179556)

Fee: $80, $55, $35, $25 (excludes booking fee)

Book your tickets here.

 

Gardening for the Whole Family

9. Garden Harvest With Hort Farmer

Enjoy gardening with the whole family
Photo credit: National Parks Board

Enjoy a family gardening day out led by a horticultural expert. How this works is tickets are for one parent and one child, who will be gardening in a pair. Indeed, this will be one great organic harvest for the whole family.

Date & Time: 10 Dec 2016

Time: 9.30am

Venue: To meet at 9.30am outside Visitor Services Centre, HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, S (119578); (Registration is required on the day at the Visitor Service Centre)

Fee: $3 for one parent and one child (limited to 10 pairs per session).

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The Zoo with A Twist

10. Zoo-rassic Park  

Photo courtesy of Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Photo credit : Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Step back in time to Zoo-rassic Park to meet over 20 ferocious dinosaurs at the Singapore Zoo. Marvel at crowd favourites like T-rex, Velociraptor and a host of their prehistoric cousins in lifelike dinosaur animatronics display.

Education booths feature specimens to enable your child to learn more about this fascinating period.

Date: Every weekend until 18 December 2016

Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, S (729826)

Fee: Adults $33, Children $22 (discounts are available for online booking)

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This article was first published on the MindChamps blog.

5 things you can do to help your child prepare for Primary 1

5 things you can do to help your child prepare for Primary 1
Helping your child prepare for Primary 1

There are quite a few phases in life that make parents realise that their little one is all grown up, and one of these phases is the transition from preschool to Primary 1. It must be a proud moment for you as a parent, as you think about your child donning that new uniform and how he/she can now become more independent. We share your joy, and we’d like to highlight some vital steps you can take to help your child prepare for yet another milestone in his/her young life.

1. When the School Bell Rings!

To begin with, your child will need to be time sensitive – this includes waking up at a specified time in the morning and learning to catch the bus on time. Besides avoiding being late for school, punctuality in general is a great habit to cultivate from young.

While in school, the start and turn of events revolve around the bell ringing, and it would be great if your child can start the next class by being prepared (e.g., Keeping his/her books or taking out the arts and crafts kit).  Students who make the effort to be prepared for lessons often leave a good impression on their teachers.

Helping Your Child: Since your child is just starting his/her Primary 1 journey, you can help by catching the bus with him/her for the first month or so, and arrange for pick up after school. As your child starts to get the hang of the school routine, do step back gradually and let him/her go through it all independently.

Now’s also a great time to encourage your child to get out of bed promptly in the morning when the alarm rings, instead of lingering for too long in bed – the last thing we want is for him/her to oversleep and be late for school.

2. The Courage to Speak Up

As your child will need to be more independent from Primary 1 onwards, he will need to learn to open up to both teachers and peers, and voice his/her intentions in various situations in school. This includes simple tasks such as getting the food and drink items from the canteen during break time and articulating his/her thoughts clearly during show and tell.

Helping Your Child: Do guide your child on how to communicate politely, and remind him/her on the importance of offering a nice ‘thank you’ when the request is granted.

One way to do this is to act out the roles and situations at home, for example, with your child asking for the food he wants, and you playing the role of the one serving the food. You can include the act of exchanging money as well, so that’s an added item learnt.

3. Fluency in Language

Now that your child is progressing to Primary 1, it is essential that he/she is able to read and write well. Apart from helping him/her catch up with lessons in school, having the fluency in these two key skills will lead to an advantage in the composition writing and reading components.

Helping Your Child: You can help your child develop the literacy skills needed to do well in primary school and beyond through literacy programmes such as MindChamps Reading & Writing. After more than a decade of extensive research and development, MindChamps has developed the Reading & Writing enrichment programme for children aged 3 to 10 years old to instill in them the desire to read and write, and equip them with the skills that will last them into their adult years.

In reading, for example, the programme does not teach phonics in isolation. In phonics, the programme teaches words, blending graphemes and phonemes within the body of text, for this has proven to be the most effective way to master language. Once the foundation for reading is established, the ability to write naturally follows.

Find out more about MindChamps’ Reading & Writing programme and register for a complimentary Literacy Assessment for your child now.

4. Pack the right stuff

The things that your child need to bring to school may vary from day to day, so do help him/her by offering some tips to pack smart for school.

Helping Your Child: Go through the packing of your child’s school bag the night before for the first two weeks or so and help him/her along the way. This can come in the form of a weekly packing list based on your child’s class timetable, where you both determine the items needed from Monday to Friday.

You might also want to emphasise that your child updates this list as and when there are changes in the schedule, so that he/she does not end up leaving any important items at home or carrying extra items that are not needed for the day.

5. Life in school

Before the big first day of school, have frequent conversations with your child about what to expect of life as a primary schooler. Apart from the curriculum and learning objectives, you might want to also talk about your child’s social life as well.  This gives both of you a chance to identify potential problems that he/she might face (e.g. making new friends), and come up with a plan to overcome them.

Helping Your Child: Help your shy child build his/her confidence when interacting with others by organising a get-together with his/her friends from school or meeting up with your own friends who have children around the same age group. This will allow your child to practice building up his/her social skills and boost your child’s confidence in joining in and/or initiating a conversation.

Find out how the MindChamps Thinking Cap programme can help your child excel in school through effective learning techniques and by developing the Champion Mindset in him/her!

This article was first published on the MindChamps blog.

5 things parents should know about the Direct School Admission (DSA) programme

Are you so over your child preparing for PSLE?

Is there another option besides PSLE that determines your child’s admission into secondary school? There is, and here are some factors to consider in acing that option, called Direct School Admission – Secondary, or DSA-Sec.

direct school admission

What is DSA?   

A DSA-Sec participating school is one that offers your child the opportunity to secure a place in secondary school prior to Secondary One posting, after the release of the PSLE results, through the following considerations.

Getting onto the DSA route has several advantages. Firstly, by looking at past results, you can determine how well your child would fare in the PSLE. This has the effect of quelling some nerves. Secondly, DSA goes beyond academic results to consider your child’s chances in the areas of sports, music and drama, for example.

As with all important milestones in life, DSA is a programme that is supposed to work for you, but in cases of insufficient or ineffective planning, the situation could wreak havoc or be reduced to nothing instead.

Thus, we provide you with the following tips so you have a better idea of DSA and how it works:

Ensure you are not barking up the wrong tree

You can find out a with distinctive programmes participating in DSA-Sec Exercise. If your child has an interest or has already cultivated Community and Youth Leadership, Admiralty Secondary School might just be the school you want to target. Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) lists Speech and Drama, as well as Sports & Outdoor Education. East Spring Secondary School is into Environmental Science & Sustainable Living and Community & Youth Leadership, while there are several schools that list “English Language” as pivotal for applicants.

It’s prudent to have a school of choice in mind, with two alternative options when planning for your child’s DSA-Sec application. This may prove to be a piece of wise advice indeed.

 Start Planning Early

Most agree that Primary 4 is a good time to start planning. Planning can begin by ascertaining your child’s potential for what’s to come. Say your child is a genius for debating on a wide range of subjects, but if he/she still feels uncomfortable with public speaking, then it’s something that he/she can work on.

DSA is not a haphazard accumulation of result slips, but rather, a compilation of proper documentation provided by the school, such as examination results or certificates to show your child’s persistent participation in the non-academic area of choice.

Academic wise, based on results beginning from primary 3, you can determine if your child is apt academically or otherwise, so that you can begin your efforts to encourage him/her to tread in the right direction. Do note that children who get into the DSA scheme are usually children from the top or second top classes in their schools.

What are the procedures?

Some schools require applicants to do a piece of writing, like “Why You Chose Our School”, while other schools get the hopefuls to sit through a test. Some schools will have the candidates undergo a selection process, like organising debates to determine the best speakers and winning teams.

There will likely be an interview with your child. This is the part that can be quite challenging for him/her.

The Interview

Another major way to overcome this is to seek help through specialised programmes such as the MindChamps Thinking Cap Programme. Apart from helping your child build self-esteem, confidence and motivation to study, the programme also leads to learning outcomes like improved ability in oral communication, increased ability to understand and express written English, synthesis and expression skills, and more.

To find out more, click here to book seats to our next complimentary workshop!

 

This article was first published on the MindChamps blog

26 Little Things that Mean a Lot to Your Children

things that mean a lot to children

Sharing special moments with your children need not be a complicated or extravagant affair – all you need to do is to take a few minutes each day to show them how much you love and appreciate them. While some of these tiny surprises may seem silly to you, to your children these are memories which they will remember for years to come.

Here are some simple gestures that you can start off with to make your child’s day:

  1. Slip a note (or a tiny piece of chocolate) into their lunch box.
  2. Go for short walks with each child individually to enjoy quality one-on-one time.
  3. Put up their artwork on the fridge door, or frame it up and put it in your bedroom.
  4. Have them teach you something they know, instead of you teaching them everything all the time. Once you get the hang of it, tell them that they make a great teacher.
  5. Wear the DIY necklace they made for you as often as possible – after all, they put a lot of love and effort into this masterpiece!
  6. Set their picture as your phone background or desktop wallpaper.
  7. Say “yes” to something you won’t usually let them do once in a while, such as having ice cream before dinner.
  8. Show them photos of yourself as a child, and compare them with their baby pictures.
  9. Write a note that says “I love you” in a variety of ways – spell it out, draw a picture or use stickers – and hide them in unexpected places for them to track down.
  10. Let them fight their own battles and stand up for themselves during play dates, and only step in when necessary.
  11. Make dinner time fun: blow bubbles after dessert or have everyone wear party hats – they will always look back to silly family moments like this!
  12. Put down your phone and cuddle with them for small talk before bedtime.
  13. Say “yes” instead of “in a little while” when they ask you for something.
  14. Praise them for something they did right each day, and do keep an eye out for that attribute.
  15. Shower them with big hugs and kisses, even if they resist.
  16. Resist from flooding them with “how was school today?” questions if they look grumpy and tired. Having this conversation over dinner might be a better idea.
  17. Let them overhear you say something wonderful about them.
  18. Print and frame up their childhood photos to remind them of the beautiful moments of growing up.
  19. When they make a fuss, don’t be too quick to tell them to let it go. They are entitled to vent their frustrations too.
  20. Make pancakes in their favourite shapes for breakfast.
  21. Thank them when they help out with house chores willingly – even if it involves simple things like hanging their own towel or putting their dirty laundry into the basket.
  22. Read them their favourite book before bedtime.
  23. Sit down with them to play and paint, and stop fretting over the mess they are making. Cleaning up can come later, but memories like this last a lifetime!
  24. Put on their favourite music and have a dance party at home.
  25. Put up a family mantra on your fridge door (Unstoppable! We can, we will – because we’ve got this!), and remind them about it when they feel like giving up.
  26. Start a family tradition so that they have something to look forward to: Pizza Fridays, Saturday evening jog, year-end holidays.

 

Discover how the enrichment programmes at MindChamps can help to instil the Champion Mindset in your child and help them to excel in school and in life. Find out more here or book a complimentary one-on-one session with us.

MindChamps PreSchool @ Changi Airport

Singapore’s No.1 Premium Preschool Meets the World’s No.1 Airport!

The unique MindChamps PreSchool curriculum for children aged 18 months to 6 years old is now available at Singapore’s Changi Airport, a world-class airport which has held the prestigious title of the World’s No.1 Airport for 5 consecutive years.

mindchamps preschool changi airport

With an emphasis on wide learning spaces, MindChamps PreSchool @ Changi Airport is spread across a floor area of 11,000 sqm, making it one of our largest centres to-date.

Located on the 3rd level of Changi Airport Terminal 3, the centre opens up to a spacious common hallway and high ceilings, with some natural lighting from the sun streaming in. This provides a refreshing and conducive environment for our Champs to learn, play and explore.

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

Each classroom (which comes in comfortable sizes) is separated with glass panels, which helps to maintain an open ambience and allows classroom activities to be visible from the hallway. The centre also comes with dedicated rooms for enrichment programmes that are incorporated in the curriculum such as Neuromooves, Gourmet Moments, as well as a fully-equippped reading room.

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

Indeed, the entire layout of the centre provides ample space and ventilation which promotes the health of our Champs, stimulates the brain for learning and encourages creativity.

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

mindchamps preschool changi airport

Join our weekend trial class!

Let your child experience the MindChamps PreSchool curriculum at our Changi Airport centre. Our well-trained teachers will conduct exciting activities such as story-telling, Gourmet Moments, Neuromooves and Art & Craft.

Every Saturday in November

Session 1: 11am

Session 2: 2pm

We welcome children between 18 months to 5 years old. Limited spaces are available – the maximum capacity for each session is 18 children.

Sign up now!

 

Useful Tips for Parents: Should Your Child Have a Social Media Account?

should your child have a social media account

From Facebook to YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, the options for social media networks on which children can stay connected and share their views are plentiful. Despite all the plus points which social media brings to our lives, there are also dangers which we should be wary of as they put the safety of our children at risk.

Trying to shield our children from the dangers of social media has proven to be challenging, as technology plays a key role in the way we live, work and play today. But how much should a child be exposed to social media, and at what age should they be allowed to open an account of their own?

What do the law and experts say?

According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, it is illegal for commercial websites and apps to allow children below 13 to open an online account without verifiable parental consent.

“The law was created to keep companies from collecting data about kids and marketing to them,” says Stephen Balkam, the founder and CEO of the non-profit Family Online Safety Institute.

However, most children are able to find their way around this rule by using a parent’s email and a fake date of birth without consent. Apart from the legal implications involved, there are also concerns about whether or not children have the maturity to keep their online interactions under control.

“At ages 7 to 11, children are still thinking very concretely, and they haven’t yet developed the ability to consider hypothetical situations,” Dr Lisa Strohman, the founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center explains.

“So an 8-year-old girl posting a video about how to do her hair is just thinking, ‘My friends will see this and it will be great!’ She can’t take that next step and think about who else might watch that video and write mean comments or even report it and use it to sell hair products.”

While it is challenging to generalise the right age for children to start using social media, Dr Michael Rich, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at the Boston Children’s Hospital states that parents are the best judge of whether their child is ready for social media usage.

“Some kids may be ready to handle social media under the legal age of 13, but most probably can’t,”

To help you narrow down your decision, Dr Rich suggests that parents ask themselves, “Can [my child] use it in ways that are healthy and respectful of others?”

Tips to keep your children safe while using social media

While you have decided to give your child consent to use social media, it might be a good idea to venture together at first and keep a close watch on your child as he/she finds his/her own way.

Here are some things you can do:

Be part of the crowd

It is important that you stay one step ahead of your child when it comes to social media. Dr Rich recommends that you join the site yourself (if you are not on it already) and get familiar with the safety issues and its potential uses. With this, you are able to advise your child on the features that he/she should avoid while using the app.

Gain full access of your child’s account

Make sure that you have full access to your child’s account by taking down details of his/her username and password. You should also follow him/her with your own account, so that you are updated on the things that he/she is posting and sharing.

Set the ground rules

To manage your child’s usage of social media and devices, do lay down the rules from the start which specifies when and how he/she is allowed to use it and the consequences of breaking any of the rules.

It is also important that your child knows that he/she can talk to you about anything bad or peculiar that happens online. This can involve being bullied by another child or when a stranger tries to contact him/her or ask for personal information.

“It’s a conversation you have to begin before you give him the device or let him join the site, and you must keep the discussions going,” Balkam says.

 

There are security settings in your social media apps which could compromise your child’s safety while using them. More details and the next steps to take on the next page.

Self-Help Rules! 10 Tips for Teaching Children to be More Independent

teaching children to be more independent

During the early years, it is only natural that we take care of our children’s self-care tasks, as they have yet to gain the skills and stability to get these done by themselves. However, psychologists and early childhood experts warn that making this a habit as they grow up could lead to a host of behavioural problems in children and hinder them from picking up some of the most important life skills.

Jeanne Williams, a Canadian psychologist says that habitually doing things for your children that they are capable of doing by themselves sends a subtle message that you, as a parent, do not have confidence in their abilities. This results in a child who lacks the independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills who can’t (or won’t) do age-appropriate tasks – also known as “learned helplessness”.

Similarly, Jim Taylor, Ph.D. who teaches psychology at the University of San Francisco says that independence is not something your children can learn on their own, as they lack the perspective, experience and skills to develop this skill. Instead, he emphasises that parents “give independence as a gift to their children”, as it is one which they will cherish and benefit from for the rest of their lives.

The good news is that it is not too late to teach your children to gain independence, and these tips serve as a good starting point:

1. Teach problem-solving skills

Children were not born with the natural ability to problem-solve independently – they rely on their parents to teach them. While some may pick up this skill as they get more practice working on challenging tasks, there is also the tendency to be dependent on parent intervention.

One useful strategy to use in situations like this is the “try three” method. This involves getting your children to come up with three strategies on their own first to solve their problems. When none of those work, step in to brainstorm with your children using these three points:

  • State the problem
  • Identify the barriers to fixing the problems
  • List three possible solutions

By showing them how to break down the problem into manageable parts, your children will learn to take control and solve problems independently.

2. Encourage exploration

According to Taylor, most parents keep their children on a fairly short “leash” during the early years to ensure their safety. This builds your child’s sense of security and teaches them that they have a safe place to return to and that you are there to protect them when needed.

However, there is a fine line to establish between security and dependence. Once your children have established their sense of security, we should encourage them to explore the world beyond the “safety net”. This push factor gives children the opportunity to test their capabilities in the “real world” and helps them find a sense of competence, security and independence within themselves.

3. Don’t push

While there is a need to let our children spread their wings and fly as previously discussed, do bear in mind that there are some who need more time and emotional support before getting to that point of readiness. Let them take the lead in this aspect and be there for them to show unconditional love and support. Once they feel safe and secure, they will progress towards independence.

4. Look out for opportunities

Help your child to get started on the journey to independence by making a list of things that he/she can start doing solo. You might also want to get him/her involved by asking which tasks he/she feels confident enough to take on – this will increase his/her willingness to try. Check out this article for some suggested tasks to add to your list.

5. Create an independent environment

Get down to your child’s height and take a look at the setup of your home. Is he/she able to reach for things without assistance? Establishing a child-friendly home environment gives children the comfort and confidence to operate on their own, as they learn to meet their own needs.

 

Helping your child embrace failure helps to instil a sense of independence in them. More on this and other tips to teach children to be more independent on the next page.