Sometimes the best gift you can give your child is the ability to step back. Supporting children to become self-reliant can be tough for caregivers for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that you can always accomplish tasks faster for them!
However, developing independence is huge for school readiness. Teachers often mention self-sufficiency as the most important skill for the transition into kindergarten. When children are in charge of themselves, they learn responsibility, practice problem-solving skills, hone their physical coordination, and develop self-confidence. Don’t forget that the other part of teaching independence is making sure your child knows when to ask an adult for help. All in all, independence will help your child navigate kindergarten like a pro.