If you have the means, great way to increase the independence of children is to provide them with tools that make it easier for them to accomplish little tasks on their own. Naturally, many parents will have different opinions about what items qualify as beneficial to childhood learning, but the Glow n Go device would likely be considered quite useful by the majority -- it may also save them some sleep.
Made by Quirky, this softly sculpted gadget is an alarm clock, a lantern and a nightlight all in one. Its smooth form incorporates a perfectly circular handle that can be easily located and grasped by a youngster who endeavors to find the bathroom in the middle of the night. A large button activates the Glow n Go's gentle illumination and keeps it beaming for 20 minutes.