Judging when children are old enough to do things on their own is often a tough call for parents. They worry about what could happen to their youngsters if they let them do something independently, be that walking to school, making a cup of tea or simply staying home alone.
All too often, modern parents err on the side of caution and supervise kids who, in reality, are more than capable of acting responsibly on their own.
Now, a new survey suggests that more than half (54%) of British parents consider their child to be 'independent' at the age of 12. The study of 1,355 parents, by the discount website MyVoucherCodes, asked what the main things were that parents would let their kids do on their own after the age of 12 that they wouldn't let them do before.
The top five answers were:
• Stay at home alone - 58%
• Look after younger siblings - 53%
• Cook - 45%
• Walk/get to school - 36%
• Go to the shop - 29%
So how do you allow your child some independence? We've got five expert tips to help you let go.