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How can I keep my children safe and also encourage them to be independent?

Hal Runkel
Hal Runkel on behalf of ScreamFree
Marriage & Family Therapy
To keep kids safe but encourage them to be independent, two principles go hand-in-hand. The first is this: Kids need their space. This principle speaks to the idea of giving kids a degree of freedom so that they can have a sense of ownership over their lives. The other principle is: Kids need to know their place. This principle has to do with the boundaries and structure that parents must set.

Putting the two principles together calls parents to give their children some space, but with an understanding that the space takes place within the boundaries they set. “Space” without “Place” is chaos.

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