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Shopping trip – independence and boundaries

In this clip, two year old Ava goes to the grocery shop. Mum has to work out a balance between allowing her independence and keeping her safe.

Good for looking at:

  • Secure attachment relationships
  • Emotional development
  • Negotiating
  • Conflict
  • Emerging independence
  • Setting boundaries


  • How the child asserts her emerging independence during a trip to the shops. (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the parent reacts?
  • In what ways does the parent support the child’s learning?