We encourage children to make choices and to learn from their experiences. We also try to help them make the “right” decisions, though, and sometimes it can be difficult to give our children the opportunity to work through their own problems and solutions. Assisting with decision-making can be complicated.

Instead of exercising our all-knowing authority over someone who is just learning, we can acknowledge their feelings of frustration or discouragement, express our own concerns and needs, and invite our children to brainstorm new alternatives.

When we invite children to join us in tackling a problem, we send powerful messages of:

– “I believe in you”
– “I trust your ability to think wisely and creatively”
– “I value your contributions”
– “We can work this out”

Learn more about SelfDesign Global and how our program supports learners to make their own decisions about their learning – here