Think about it: Let kids choose

You do so much for your kids. From overseeing most aspects of their young lives to homeschooling them too, you are always there to help plan, facilitate, guide, help and cheer them on, no matter what they do.   You wield the decision-making power in the family, and with only a few exceptions, probably choose most everything about your child’s day.

That’s why it’s okay to let kids choose every once in a while.  Choosing what to wear, what to have for lunch, or which game to play after school can give children a sense of control and award them the pleasure of selecting things they like.  By allowing kids to choose, they learn to experiment, assert independence, gain confidence and develop decision-making skills by practicing on less consequential areas of their lives.

In homeschool, kids can be given a chance to choose, too.  Although you remain the chief planner and curriculum expert, why not allow your children to choose topics they’d like to study, books they’d like to read, or school supplies they’d like to buy once in a while?  How about letting kids decide where they’d like to study, how to decorate and equip their own study areas, which ways they enjoy learning math facts most, or how many spelling words they’d like to be tested on every Friday?

By allowing kids to make lower-impact decisions in homeschool while they’re young, you still remain in charge.  But as they grow, with your help, the skills they learn from these simple choices translate into helping them make tougher decisions later on.  With your guidance, less important decisions in homeschool can teach children how to make positive choices about education later on, once you’re ready to give them the space they need to do it on their own.

Think about it.  What ways can your child choose something today?  Are there any decisions you can leave entirely up to them?  Let them go, and watch them grow!  Then, comment here to let readers know your results!

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