Developing trust starts very early with your children.
It was very important to me that I respond when my babies would cry. I had learned that I was not spoiling them and my attention was not discouraging them from learning to cope on their own. In fact, it was laying a foundation of trust which they would use to gain confidence in their own independence. They didn’t even know it, but they were learning that I would be there for them.
As parents, one of our goals is to raise children who will eventually be able to live without us.
The ironic thing is that the more you respond to your children in those early years, the quicker they become independent. Every time you respond to them is actually another brick in the trust foundation. With a foundation of knowing you’re there to respond to them, they will gain the confidence to branch out away from you.