Raising children has never been easy. But there are some things that parents can do to help their children to succeed.
Even when children think they are right, they may follow their parents guidelines because they want to make their parents happy. Most parents think that they are helping their children in the decision process. In many cases, parents are hindering their children's ability to choose what is right. Should this happen in any family, the children's unhappiness will grow. Even in very young children, we should support them to live courageously based upon them choosing what is right.
Encourage children to make a decision based on the guidelines you have set up within your family. Then, if the decision they make isn't what you would have liked for them you can discuss it. Ask them, why they chose that decision? Explain how it doesn't fit with your house guidelines and help them understand the correct decision.
Should you inhibit their decision making over and over, then they may give up and just follow their parents direction for them. They will stop thinking for themselves and only rely on your approval for everything.
If they give up on their enthusiasm and energy to make decisions, it will be too late to go back and correct it. Everything has a right time. It may be too late for the child to regain their enthusiasm if they try to go back.
If you want your children to reach for the stars and accomplish anything, you MUST give them the ability to choose that and do it. Help, encourage and trust in them.
If you feel like your family is struggling, then I encourage you to come and see me so I can help. I have worked with many families and look forward to meeting yours.
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