Choices. When my kiddos were younger, I would “allow” them to make choices on their own. Like “Do you want to wear this shirt or this shirt?” Or “Do you want to take a nap with this blanket or this blanket?” Do you get the picture? I was not actually giving them a choice to any real extent—I was giving them the impression that they had options, but I was controlling the situation.
When they got a little bit older, I would expand their options a little—“Do you want to clean the bathroom or do you want to clean the kitchen?” Oh, the good old days! [Read more…]