One big source of stress in our kid’s lives is when they feel like they don’t have control over what happens.

For example, in a fight with a friend or a tough subject at school, part of what is distressing about those situations is a feeling of lacking control.

One way we can build autonomy for our children is to help them take a few small actions in response to the challenging situation. This will also help your child to learn how to protect their wellbeing in situations where they feel out of control.