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North Creek Elementary

Success At School: Encouraging Independence

When your child develops independence, does it mean he/she will need you less?  Absolutely not!  As our children grow physically, it is important to support their social and emotional development by encouraging independence.

Encouraging independence starts with little things like teaching your child to zip his/her coat, tie his/her shoes and pack his/her backpack.  The most important way to help your child develop the independence he/she will need for school is giving your child the confidence to say goodbye to you.  When parents send the message, "You can do this! I'm so excited for you!" rather than, "Oh, this is so sad. I'm going to miss you so much" children easily gain the confidence they need to become independent.  They will need you to be consistent, positive, reassure them frequently and cheer for them along the way.  You can count on us to do the same!

Kimberly Gillow, Principal

North Creek Elementary