There are so many reasons to give your child choices. Depending on your parenting style, you may or may not be apt to do so. Either way, you can train yourself to become intentional about making sure your child has plenty of choice in their day. As a matter of fact, when you give your child choices and let them make decisions you will see your relationship with your child thrive. You will see your child empowered and wanting to cooperate. In the end, you’ll be looking for more ways to give your child choices.
The idea of giving my child choices was some of the best parenting advice I’ve ever received. The older the child, the more choices they need. By the time they move out, they should be making most of their choices, so they are well equipped for the real world.
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Giving children choices and empowering them to make their own decisions will help prepare them for life.
In particular, the early years are the best time for children to begin to learn about making choices and consequences.
Certainly, the ability to choose is the lifeblood of being human.
Giving kids a CHOICE also:
- Builds respect
- Strengthens community
- Invites cooperation
- Develops problem-solving skills
- Capitalizes on kids’ normal human need for power and control
- Builds trust
- Positive impact on cognitive development and moral development
- Teaches responsibility
- Develops a cause and effect awareness or all actions have