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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Setting Strict Routines


Young children need daily structure and a set bedtime routine, but by the time your child is 12, he should have some freedom in deciding how to manage his time. Allowing your child to decide when and how to do his homework, how to spend his free time, and when to go to bed will give him the proper time management skills he'll need for when he is out on his own.

Try to find a good balance between giving your child complete autonomy and dictating every minute of his day. Set some restrictions, such as no television or video games during certain times of the day, to help encourage him to use his time wisely, and enforce a winding down period of quiet reading or another relaxing activity of his choice at bedtime. Removing technology and other stimulations at night is a good way to help guide him in determining a healthy bedtime.

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