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Children or teenagers who have not yet experienced progressively more challenging responsibilities and learned and developed confidence and self-governance will require greater outside governance, while those who have and who are able to set and tackle goals and objectives that are in alignment with their true highest values (what is most important to them) automatically become more self-governed, confident and resilient. They are more balanced in their orientation and can face daily pleasures and pains, supports and challenges more equally. They are able to solve problems instead of avoiding them. This is the view of behaviourist, educator and author, Dr John Demartini.

Here he answers some questions about his own childhood, and why he thinks it is important to let children take on challenges and accountabilities so as to empower themselves.