I have two boys, 5 and 2, both are always clinging to me. My 5 year old is getting better but it still drives me up the wall. For example we go to a playground and they want me to come with them. Usually I go with them and once they are playing I back out. But my two year old is getting more and more clingy. I dont know what I am doing to promote this behavior but I do feel I have fallen into the helicopter parenting trap. What do you do at these ages to promote more independence and self reliance? Maybe if I get some ideas of what your 5 and 2 yr olds do for themselves I can know how to start backing off at home and when we are out.
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