Dear parents and/or guardians…
DECISIONS ARE THE CHOICES WE MAKE EVERY DAY.
This month, we are learning about the importance of Decisions. Our on-the-mat discussions will focus on both the critical thinking skills required to make good decisions and the consequences of our decisions – good or bad – for ourselves and others. Children need to learn the importance of decision making, as they will only face more and more difficult and important decisions as they grow up.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Help your children develop critical thinking skills. If you catch them misbehaving or about to misbehave, turn it into a conversation exploring the consequences of poor decision making.
- Example: Parent: Were you about to practice kicking in the living room?
Child: Maybe… I’m sorry.
Parent: It’s great that you want to practice, but you know you need to go outside. What might happen if you kicked inside?
Child: You tell me that I might knock over the lamp.
Parent: And what would happen if you did that?
Child: I would break it.
Parent: And you would have to buy a new lamp with your allowance money. And in the meantime, the living room would be too dark for us to read in. Also, I would be hurt that you had not listened to me.
Child: I’m sorry. I’ll go practice outside.
Parent: Good decision!