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I choose watermelon.

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Having the chance to make decisions gives a child a sense of control over their life and lets them know that there are options.

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Allowing a child to make decisions:

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Here’s how you can help your child develop decision making skills:


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Don’t give children choices that may impact their safety such as not wearing seatbelts, or bike helmets.


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quiz icon Quiz

Your child is riding their tricycle and complains about wearing their helmet.  What is the best plan?

a) Put the helmet back on your child and tell them that they can’t ride their tricycle without it.
b) Take the helmet and tricycle away from your child.
c) Engage your child in an activity that helps them learn why wearing a helmet is important.

 The best answer is ‘C’. It’s often necessary to take control and insist on certain behaviours as in answer ‘A’, but it is better for a child to understand why something is important and learn to make good decisions. Check out helmet safety.
 The best answer is ‘C’. It’s often necessary to take control and insist on certain behaviours as in answer ‘A’, but it is better for a child to understand why something is important and learn to make good decisions. Check out helmet safety.

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