According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, autonomy is “the quality or state of being independent, free, and self-directing.” Did you catch that last word: self-directing. It’s no coincidence that a college-ready young adult is both a self-directed learner and autonomous!
You can aid your child toward autonomy by assisting them up Maslow’s Pyramid. That means providing the essential basic needs of food, water, shelter, healthy relationships, respect, and encouraging self-confidence/self-esteem. When you cover these bases, you’re fostering your child to be able to