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When children are left to their own devices, they may cause trouble. It’s good to provide structure, but there is a difference between controlling their behavior, and scaffolding good behavior. For example, you can tell a child how to solve a problem or you can assist them in coming to their own solution. The latter helps them learn how to help themselves in the long run, building self-sufficiency and proactive working styles. Like with handling emotion, this can take longer and appear less effective. 

Once children get used to handling their own autonomy, however, they will get better at it. They may also have trouble focusing and staying on-task. By encouraging them to motivate themselves, you can help build self-control mechanisms as they grow. This leads to less drug abuse, delinquency, and antisocial behavior when they are older.