• Every time you are in a store, have your child ask a store clerk where something is located.
  • Always have your child order his/her own food at restaurants.
  • Never answer a question posed to your child for him/her. Sit comfortably in the silence for a moment. If s/he still does not answer, simply state: “Mr. Jones asked you a question. Your job is to answer. Would you like to hear the question again?” When Mr. Jones says, “Oh, that’s ok. He doesn’t need to answer.” Your response should be, “Actually, yes he does.”

Always be thinking of the adult you want your child to become. How often are you doing things that will contribute to that result?