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How do I help my 2-year-old step-daughter become more independant?
A: My step-daughter's mother is the real over-protective type. She barely lets her 2-year-old daughter do anything. She thinks that my husband and I should make her stay in her bed in the morning when she wakes up, and wait until we go get her. Do you think that this will have any effect on her becoming independent in the future?

I am a more independent type of person, and am trying to raise my 4-year-old daughter and my 2-year-old step-daughter in the same way. It is easy with my daughter because she lives with me. She plays on her own and will do a lot of other tasks on her own. But my step-daughter is only with my husband and me part time, which makes it more difficult. His daughter is very clingy and doesn't like to do much on her own. I believe that, because of her mother's behaviour, she is going to be dependent and it will be hard on her later in life.
Kenneth N. Condrell Ph.D Child Psychologist