Happy Independence Day to my American friends! We celebrated our nation’s birthday this past Tuesday, July 4th, commemorating the United States becoming independent from England.
This festive holiday is associated with summer, family and friends coming together, barbecues, and fireworks—all to commemorate the day our country was born.
As we celebrate our country’s independence, let’s not forget that as individuals, we have the same right to our autonomy. Many parents often ask me, “How much independence should I give my kids?”. As parents, it’s our duty to encourage and develop a sense of autonomy in our children.
So, in the spirit of the holiday. . . here are a few ways to give your children more independence.
. . . hug your kid a little tighter today and tell them you’re thankful for exactly who they are.
. . . let them know you value their thoughts, feelings, and opinions, and that you admire their ability to self-direct.
. . . reassure them that even though they drive you up the wall sometimes, they’re never “bad kids” for speaking and living their authentic truth.
Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I want to wish you a Happy Independence Day!
May we model the freedom, respect, and equality that every human being—including our children—deserves!
Love and Blessings,
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