If the outcome we hope for in raising our children is that some day they will be responsible adults who make wise decisions... then they will need practice. If they get a good deal of practice while they are little along with some practice in experiencing the consequences of their decisions, then the likelihood that they will make good decisions as adults increases dramatically.
So why wouldn't you give a child lots of practice in making decisions?
- You might not have been given the opportunity to make many decisions when you were little.
- You might think it takes too much time.
- You prefer to be in control.
- They might make the wrong decision.
- Experiment with offering more choices and opportunities for decisions.
- Investing now will pay a highly worthwhile dividend later.
- When you share control in little ways, you get to keep if for the bigger moments.
- Learning what happens when you make a wrong decision is a great way to learn how to make better ones (especially when your little and the price tag is relatively small).