Four questions are particularly useful as a reflective activity to improve decision-making skills in older children. Although you can pose the questions orally, the responses can be in conversation or in writing. If the responses are to be written or typed on a computer, it should be the youngster’s decision whether or not to share with the parent. The parent merely requests that the written responses be kept should a future review of the situation prove necessary.
The set of four questions are:
1. What did I do? (acknowledgment)
2. What can I do to prevent it from happening again? (choice)
3. What will I do? (commitment)
4. What is my plan to help me fulfill my commitment? (procedure)… >>> READ MORE >>> →
Offering children choices promotes the most important skill for success in life: the skill of making responsible decisions. Responsible behavior is directly related to the number of responsible choices a person makes. Positive discipline approaches—of which offering choices ranks high on the list—motivate children to want to act responsibly because it feels good and because children realize it is in their best interests to do so. In contrast, if we deprive people of choices, we deprive them of positive motivation. By giving children opportunities to make decisions starting early in life, we prepare them for greater success as adults living in the 21st century.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, manufacturing led and fed the economy. There were few … >>> READ MORE >>> →