From teaching your child to fix their own breakfast to letting them walk to a friend’s house by themselves, encouraging students to become more independent is both hard and rewarding; it is also extremely important! Children who learn how to be independent have more confidence in themselves and their abilities, and are more resilient when faced with adversity. Gaining independence from parents and learning how to be an independent student also teaches the soft skills many employers are looking for, including leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to adapt quickly to changing environments.
But in today’s world, how do you help your child be more independent while also keeping them safe and letting them know you are there to support them every step of the way?
Online schools like Connections Academy® are a great place to let your student stretch their wings and test their independence with you being just close enough to step in if they need support. In online school, students learn how to be resourceful, adaptable, and resilient, which builds the independent skills they need to find success later in life.
Here are five ways that online school teaches students how to be independent: