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Choices Consequences Decisions !!1

Dear Parents and Guardians;
       Good Day ,  We make choices and decisions each day, each week, each minute, and each hour of our lives. This month we are coming to the end of the year and we will be talking about decison making steps and ways to help ourselves each day by choosing to use decision making steps.

Here’s five ways to help develop children develop good decision-making skills   

Parents and carers can help children learn how to make good decisions by effectively guiding and supporting them as they practise.

1. Allow children to practise making choices

Giving children opportunities to make choices helps to build their sense of responsibility, as well as their decision-making skills. It is important that the choice really is theirs, so provide options that you will be happy with no matter which they choose. Showing interest in their choice helps to reinforce that you see their decisions as important.

2. Talk about everyday decisions

Involve children in your own decision-making. For example, you might say, “I’m trying to decide whether to take up a sport to get ?t or go to a dance class. Which do you think I should do?” Talk through the advantages and disadvantages of each suggestion so your child can learn how to thoughtfully evaluate different options.

3. Support children to use decision-making steps

As children develop their skills for thinking through decisions, teach them these steps of decision-making and show them how to use them effectively:

  • identify the decision to be made
  • think of options
  • evaluate the options and choose the best one
  • put your choice into action and check how it works.

4. Ask questions that promote thoughtful decisions

Asking open-ended questions that prompt children to think through their reasons for choosing a particular option helps them learn how to evaluate options and think through consequences. Some good questions include, “What do you like about that?”, “What makes this the best option?”, “How would this work?”

5. Encourage children to set achievable goals

Setting their own goals to work towards encourages children to plan and think ahead. It helps them understand the link between making decisions and taking action.

It is important that the goals set are achievable and motivating for the child. In addition, the steps needed to reach goals need to be de?nite, clear and small enough for the child to manage. Providing praise and acknowledgment for small steps of progress supports children to meet their goals.

Appropriate goals for children to choose include developing a new skill (eg. learning to play chess, learning to swim), improving performance in school work or in an area of particular interest (eg. learning to play a particular piece of music, master a dif?cult skill in sport), or earning pocket money to save for something special.

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