This month at CMA we will are learning all about good decision making.
“A good decision maker chooses actions that give the best outcome for themselves and others.… They make decisions rationally after researching alternatives and understanding the consequences. Good decision makers involve others when appropriate and use knowledge, data and opinions to shape their final decisions“
As parents, it is our responsibility to help our children learn how to make good decisions. As our children grow, they will be faced with decisions that can have life altering consequences. If we teach them to make good decisions when they are younger, they will remember how to do that as they grow.
Have a discussion:
-You can share an experience with your students about a time when good decision making has helped you in your life.
-Ask your student what do you think are some good decisions that they can make now with their schoolwork.
-Come up with a goal with your student and talk about what decisions need to be made for that goal to be achieved.
Give them choices:
-Let your toddler choose what clothes to wear.
-Involve your child in deciding what to eat for lunch.
-Present choices that you are okay with as you guide them in their decision making.
Help them understand consequences:
-Let them face the consequences. As long as the decision they want to make won’t hurt them or others, let them learn from their choice.
-Support them in their choices, even if it’s not the same on you would make.
As parents, we influence our children’s lives with the choices we make every day. Let’s help them be an influence for good as they learn to make good decisions.