I have noticed that many students struggle with independence. We adults are inclined to shield them from all forms of unhappiness - perhaps to a harmful degree. When schoolwork becomes challenging, it requires productive struggle. While this struggle is a healthy and necessary part of the learning process, it is also uncomfortable - particularly for students who are accustomed to adults doing everything for them. It is important that we gently but firmly require students to take responsibility for their own . . . actions, assignments, homework, lunch kits, backpacks . . . so that they can grow up to become independent, responsible adults. It is better that they perform imperfectly than that we do everything for them.