Tips on raising an independent child (and parenting behaviours to avoid)

"One of the biggest goals in parenting is to raise children who will walk away and leave us one day and live independently of us."

Parenting expert Nikki Bush expands on the potential parenting traps which hamper the process of raising independent kids in an age of stress and anxiety.

Citing her new book Future-Proof Your Child and leading Australian parenting educator Michael Grose's Spoonfed Generation, Bush lists some parental self-sabotaging behaviours to watch out for:

  • doing too much for your child

  • needing to win arguments

  • comparing siblings

  • clinging to the past

  • expecting too little from your child

Passing on the baton of responsibility to to our children is a very, very important life skill. This starts in very ordinary ways around our homes with not doing all the chores by yourself.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

For tips on teaching your children to fend for themselves and how to delegate, take a listen:


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