GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Many children are eager to try things by themselves, sometimes even before they’re ready, while other kids are hesitant to step out on their own. 

Whatever your child’s personality, there are steps you can take at every age that will help your child build a healthy sense of independence, grounded in experiences of mastery and competence. 

Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and host of Mom Enough, visited KARE 11 News at 11 to share insights and tips on this important topic.