Experiencing the consequences of their choices is one of the most effective ways that children learn self-discipline. Your child isn’t always going to be home under your watchful eye so teaching them lessons from “real life” will have a more lasting effect and will prepare them for the world. Most success in life depends on making wise choices. Being able to think ahead about the positive or negative consequences of their choice will help them learn to make better choices.
You can start teaching with simple things such as which cookie they want or which cereal they want. I’m sure most of you have experienced times when your child chose one thing and seconds later (after you’ve already poured the cereal) wants the other kind. I know you want your child to eat and it may not seem like such a big thing the first or second time, but this is something that would be great for helping your child learn to think and make decisions. If it’s cereal, for example, tell them to think about which one they want. Remind them if they change their mind they can choose the other one tomorrow (problem solving!). This usually doesn’t have to happen more than once or twice before they get it and stick with what they want. This may seem small, but it’s a beginning in teaching your child that actions have consequences. As your child is learning and growing take the opportunity to teach your child when there is a situation of choices. You want your child to learn how to make decisions that are right for him!
Young At Art
The new museum is amazing! Imagination Activation!
At YAA, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Ride a subway, visit a cave and discover a dig in ArtScapes. STOMP to the rhythm, build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in WonderScapes. Create a masterpiece in every gallery!
751 SW 121st Ave. Davie, FL 33325 954-424-0085. http://youngatartmuseum.org/
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