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Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve

Giving Kids Autonomy

My daughters have had certain freedoms from just about day one — freedom to dress themselves how they wish, style their hair in any way that makes them happy, pick their school lunch snacks, become vegetarians, freely challenge the ideas of their parents, and on and on — but we gave our oldest daughter a new level of autonomy last spring during time spent in Europe on board a Carnival Cruise.

This new story about the growing autonomy of a tweenager on WHYY Newsworks is about that and about why it’s critical for parents to let their kids think for themselves and make their own decisions from an early age.

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