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How to Teach Your Toddler Independent Play

Don’t get me wrong, it is an incredible feeling to be wanted all the time by your child. Talk about an ego boost! However, it can also be incredibly draining and exhausting. When you find yourself reading your child’s favorite book for the millionth time or sitting down for another rousing round of tea party, it’s time to teach your toddler independent play. Not only is this practice a sanity-saver for parents, but it also helps young kids build creativity and critical-thinking skills. Here are some tips to teach and encourage toddler independent play. 1. Create reasonable distance Just after my daughter’s first birthday, I saw a pattern emerge. If she caught me watching her play by herself, she would instantly jump up, demand to be held or ask for an extra snack or something. At first, I caved and catered to her every whim. That said, it didn’t take…