January 21st, 2014

Giving your child choices empowers them and helps their problem-solving skills. Give your two-year-old two choices, your three-year-old two or at most three choices, and your four-year-old three choices. (and, if there is a choice that you prefer, state that last—your child is most likely to remember that choice!)

If your child can’t decide, you can say, “You seem to be having a hard time making a decision. If you don’t decide soon, then I will decide for you” and do that.

If your child makes a choice and is then unhappy with that choice, you can say, “If seems that you made a choice that isn’t working for you. Perhaps next time you will choose differently.”

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