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Ask Sharon Holbrook: Raising Capable Kids
Kids are capable of so much, but sometimes it's hard to see it. And it can feel tricky for us parents, too: We want to nudge them towards confidence and independence, but we want to maintain our loving relationship and not feel like pushy jerks.

Let me know your dilemma in helping your kids become more capable, and I'll look to the research and expertise to help you find an answer.

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How can I help you help your kids become more capable and independent? Do you wonder what's appropriate for their age? Do they resist? Do you worry they won't be able to manage if you transfer more responsibilities to them? Be as specific as you like about ages and situations, and I'll try to help. *
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