The challenges of decision making are evident in every decision your child has to make. Rather then making these decisions for your child, or becoming frustrated with the child’s poor decisions, use these as opportunities for decision making development.
What are examples in the decision making training process? Well when our children are young we train them to pick up after themselves. That is ultimately helping them make the decision to do that later on. How they handle their allowance is a great decision making opportunity. Decisions about when is an appropriate time to leave if something is happening at a party or date that goes against what is appropriate.
All the “challenges” we as parents face with our children and teens are also great training opportunities. The need to learn the skill of wise, disciplined decision making is often more significant then the behavior we are dealing with. Don’t get frustrated and miss out on the opportunity to train. We need to instill in our kids the thought, “Its not that my parents caught me, it’s that I made the wrong decision.”
Listen to today’s podcast for more on the topic of decision making.