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Behaviors At Home

Secondary Needs Being Revealed

Autonomy

The need for autonomy is the need to be one’s own boss, to be independent, and to have some control over one’s own life.

Parents can help children express this need by letting them make choices and set goals. Parents must be sensitive to opportunities to fulfill, whenever possible, the need all children have for autonomy.

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Please Note
We are labeling behaviors, not children! For the sake of convenience, we will describe behaviors with terms such as The Whiner or The Interrupter.

Never use such labels when talking to—or about—children! Doing so could cause many new problems and seriously damage the teacher-student or parent-child relationship.