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Why is it important to allow my children to make choices?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Choices are one of your child’s first introductions to responsibility. While choices appear to be about freedom, they are also about decision making, taking responsibility and committing to action. Choices can decrease control struggles, foster mastery and give you the freedom and time to make a change in your parenting approach as needed. Offering your children choices regarding what skills and actions they will use and how also helps them to use their problem-solving and decision-making skills. It is important in a family to allow children to make choices; this is a central part of helping them become masterful.

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