“Teaching Children Independence: It’s All About the Next Time,” by Shirley S. Wang, Wall Street Journal (March 2012)

UCLA researchers studying middle-class families find that U.S. kids tend to be dependent on their parents for tasks they can do themselves, as WSJ reports, but when does leaning on a parent become problematic and how can parents teach kids to be more independent?

Helping out one’s child isn’t coddling and isn’t a bad thing in itself, says Alan Kazdin, a Yale psychology professor and head of the Yale Parenting Center. It helps them feel cared for, nurtured and protected, which is important to help them venture out into the world on their own.

Read full article