Do children think for themselves? I see many children that behave just as their parents do; texting while being spoken to, looking through the person in front of them as they do not exist, speaking to them with lack of respect, and even choosing the same addictions. Do we realize how much our 5, 6, and 7 year old’s see? They see it ALL.
There is a FINE line between choosing what your child does and controlling their lives. We have to remember that they are little people too. They have thoughts of their likes and dislikes. They know what they want to do, eat, and feel. We cannot make all their choices for them.
We should lead by example! Show them what is right and wrong. Teach them how to be great citizens and community partners. Show them hoe to respect other. Give them options to choose from. Start small by allowing them to decide on the little things such as what to wear (as long as it is dress code appropriate). Allow them to choose how they do their hair, if they want. The choices they make today will lead to the larger choice they are faced with later in life. This will give them the ability and though of how they are capable of making these choices without consulting with someone, especially when it is an immediate choice to be made.
Have you ever allowed your child to make the choice of dinner for the family? What about what you wear someone, even work? They feel so important and this allows them to grow spiritually, emotionally, as well as expanding their thought process for decision-making.
Remember that each child grows to contribute to the world of tomorrow. What do you want it to be like?