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raising independent kids

Being a child is a lot of fun, but if you allow it to drag out too long, it can quickly become dysfunctional. Children need to be kids first, then adults.

If they get stuck, they’ll struggle in all aspects of adult life, from work, to marriage to dealing with their own children

As parents, there’s a lot you can do to help your kids in this respect. You don’t just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Here’s a rundown: 


Don’t Praise Or Coddle

Praising and coddling children feels natural, but it is something that they can become dependent on. We’ve all seen the thirty-year-old who still lives at home with their parents because he or she can’t bear to be without the mother. 

Don’t let this happen. Allow your childrens’ natural tendency to explore the outer world shine through. Give them opportunities to be independent and don’t praise them or make them dependent on your affirmations in any way. 


Remove TV From The Bedroom

Kids raised today live in a world of technology and it is preventing them from getting in touch with reality. Unlike childhoods from previous generations, today’s youth are so engrossed in their devices that they don’t get a chance to explore the wild, go camping or even just pursue a hobby at home, like a jigsaw. 

The solution to this is to reduce exposure to electronics in the home. Short-term, your kids will hate you for it, but long-term, it’ll help them become better adults, more aware of their surroundings. 


Don’t Work On Vacation

If you think you can work on vacation, think again. It’s a balance that just doesn’t work. Instead, gladly give all your time to your kids. Show them that there are more important things in life than work. 

Remember, a lot of kids will grow up into adults who will spend the majority of their lives just sitting at a desk, tapping away on a keyboard. What’s more, because of the way the labor market is developing, they may go many years without a break, just to please their employers.

Don’t set a precedent like this. Make vacations a special time where everyone forgets about work for a while and just has fun. 


Get Them More Active

Part of being a successful adult is having control over one’s body and its relationship to the environment. Taking your kids to a family team building obstacle course, therefore, could be just what they need. Getting them active and aware of their bodies will let them build skills that will last them a lifetime. 


Take Breaks When Required

Modern adults often feel like they have to push themselves to the limit to be worthwhile human beings. However, it’s also extraordinarily unhealthy. Productivity and self-worth shouldn’t be bound up together like they are today.

Teach your kids that it’s okay to take a break when they need it. Life has to be fun sometimes. Otherwise, it’s all retch and no vomit.

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.