Trust Your Child To Make The Right Choice – H&S Education & Parenting
Trust Your Child To Make The Right Choice, By Letting Them Explore Their Own Life
As a caring parent, it’s normal to want nothing but the best for your child, after all, you want your child to be happy and successful in life. In order to ensure, your child is on the right path, you want to be able to guide them to ensure they achieve what you wish for them to. And it’s okay to push & guide your child to achieve what they desire, not what you as a parent necessarily feel is right for them.
It’s important to understand & accept, that even though you want the best for your child, you may not always know what is best for them. As a parent, you also need to understand and accept, that every child is different, and unique, i.e. each child has their own strengths, talents, passion and interests. Trust in your child’s ability to make their own choices. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean that you should let your child make all major decisions in life, for themselves, but what it means is that you should listen to and respect their feelings and opinions. This is a powerful way to ensure their positive growth and development, i.e. by giving children the freedom to explore their own path in life and nurturing their talents and interests.
It’s also important to understand that your child’s interests and talents may evolve over time, and that’s okay. Your child may not necessarily be interested in the same thing as a teenager as they were when they were 5, for example. Allow them to explore the different options, and to change their mind, during this process of ‘self-discovery’.
Offer them support and space to pursue what they enjoy, without pressuring them and dictating their choices. At the same time, if things don’t go as they desired, be there for them. Be supportive, offer guidance, but let them choose. Empowering them to make their own decisions can lead to higher self-esteem, confidence, self-worth in children. It also allows them to help become good, critical thinkers, problem solvers and decision makers; some important life skills that can help them navigate through life. Moreover, when a child is encouraged to pursue what he/she loves, it can lead to them having greater success in their choice of field, as they are motivated to work hard doing what they truly enjoy doing.
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