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Child progression toward autonomy

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  • Autonomy Small Child
  • Ben, we can't go to the park right now it's dark outside.
  • Mommy, go to park.
  • Autonomy Small Child
  • You could go play with your cars and train in your room.
  • Park!
  • Autonomy Small Child
  • No Bedtime!
  • Bedtime Ben.
  • Small children attempt to assert autonomy. 
  • Autonomy Post Puberty
  • Benjamin where have you been? You were supposed to be home 2 hours ago it's nearly midnight!
  • Children become upset when they don't get what they want. Yet they are likely to follow directions at a young age because they place their parents on a pedestal. 
  • Autonomy Post Puberty
  • Don't walk away when I'm talking to you young man!
  • Whatever mom I'm going to my room. Leave me alone!
  • They will show frustration due to lack of autonomy.
  • Autonomy Post Puberty
  • Teenagers often assert their independence and strive for autonomy by refusing to share their whereabouts with their parents.
  • Out!
  • Authoritarian parenting styles often lead to rebellious behavior from a teen who is attempting to find autonomy.  
  • "Adolescents whose parents impede the individualization process are more likely to show signs of anxiety, depression, and other forms of psychological distress" (Steinberg). 
  • Ugh, she is such a nag! I fell asleep watching a movie at Riley's house it's not a crime! She acts like I'm untrustworthy. I'm old enough to make my own decessions!
  • You're grounded indefinitely!  
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