How much freedom is essential for your child’s development?

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Freedom is an integral part of a child’s growth and sometimes the most vital attribute, as it decides the child’s confidence levels, interpersonal interactions and overall personality. Here are some freedoms which are essential for every kid.

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Freedom to be Themselves

Nurture your child’s individual tastes and preferences; these are his unique traits which define his personality in the long run. Let them discover their strengths and reach out to them if they are struggling with a weakness. This sort of emotional support and encouragement helps the child stand by what they believe in. However, keep a check that your child doesn’t go overboard or be over-confident with an “I am always right” attitude without considering the needs of others.

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Freedom to Express

Home is a child’s space to ‘be’; cry, laugh, dance, play – so let them express their innermost feelings without stopping them or calling them ‘naughty’ or ‘cry baby’ as assigning labels creates a negative psychological impact on their tender minds. So drop the need to over-analyse and just accept & soothe your child’s emotional outbursts and let your home be a healthy space for all kinds of outlets. This ensures your child won’t have embarrassing public displays or engage in attention seeking behavior.

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Freedom to Play

This is the most underestimated freedom as there is a lot of pressure on kids to excel academically and in all curricular activities at school. One of the most basic human rights for kids is to play and psychologically speaking, it is the most essential as it frees child from strict concepts and allows room for creativity. It introduces an element of fun and playfulness. Scientifically, after playtime children feel mentally refreshed and are in a better frame of mind to study. This freedom also includes ‘freedom to choose games and hobbies’ as many times parents decide which activity child ‘should’ engage in. Allow your little one to follow his heart and play whatever brings them inner joy. Playtime is solely for personal happiness and need not have any professional gains.

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Balance between Freedom & Supervision

Balance is the key to let your kid evolve into a sensitive and sensible kid. Let your child exercise freewill but supervise them to ensure that when they stumble, they will be well-supported by you in every way possible. Also ensure that enjoying freedom need not mean shirking responsibility and getting away with doing anything but in fact taking complete accountability of their actions. For instance, if your child is only interested in playing with friends and ignores schoolwork completely or plays with toys in the living room but expects you to pick them up than you could probably talk to them about having a more well-rounded approach for their interests. This helps them remain rooted and become more responsible.

Which are some of the ways your child enjoys freedom? How does it help him evolve? Share your story with us and get featured on the blog.

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