I have always been an independent person. I have great family, friends and support, but I also know my own mind and make my own decisions. Independence is a trait I want my son to have, but I'm not sure how to teach that? I know that I model it. When appropriate, I 'think out loud' about things so he can hear my thought process. I give him choices and respect those choices. Again, when it's appropriate. If I let him choose if he wanted to brush his teeth, he would be toothless. I do let him choose, for example, if he wants to brush his teeth before he gets dressed or after he gets dressed.
What else can I do? How do you encourage independence in your children?