One way to keep your child safe from sexual abuse is raising them to be confident and independent. That’s easier said than done. You don’t want to smother them, but you also don’t want to leave them alone to tackle everything on their own. So where is that balance? We asked people online and in-person what their best piece of advice is for raising an independent child:
No matter what you do, keep in mind that it’s your attitude toward your child more than anything that will show them that they can be independent. Let them know you trust them, will be there to help them, and want them to succeed, and you can’t go wrong!
Most importantly, letting a child build independence allows for them to create their own boundaries and feel empowered to say no. It can build their confidence and make them more emotionally aware of themselves and others. It’s also a great way to make them more resilient. There is no surefire way to prevent a child from being sexually abused, but if you raise an independent child then they’ll be more equipped to handle the situations that may arise.
What’s your advice for raising an independent child? Let us know in the comments below.
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