How to help children become independent

School holidays are about to start and children will be having more time to play and parenting expert Nikki Bush says this could be a tricky time for parents.

Children left alone at home unsupervised will resort to a (TV) screen because it’s easy.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

Bush says this is the time that parents could teach children the skills that will make them more independent one day. Children need to be taught to think and do for themselves, she says.

It’s an amazing thing to be able to up-skill your children to cope with what comes at them in life.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

This all builds your child's self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

Listen to Nikki Bush’s ideas to teach children independence and keeping them busy during holidays:


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