In the U.S. we firmly believe in freedom and independence, but is our current parenting culture one that teaches our children how to be free, independent people? I had a fascinating conversation with Sara Zaske, author of Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children, about her experience living in Germany for more than six years with her family. We talk about the importance of self-reliance for kids including physical freedom and intellectual freedom, and how we can best prepare our kids to handle the responsibilities that come along with these freedoms.

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3 Takeaways:

  1. Find like-minded parents and form a safe group of kids for your child to explore their independence with.
  2. It’s when we don't prepare our kids how to deal with dangerous situations that disaster happens.
  3. Kids need to learn to tune into themselves and say, “Am I okay here?”

Sara Zaske is a writer who lived in Germany for more than six years with her family, an experience that inspired Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children.

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