I've recently started putting my foot down and I was surprised by how quickly my preschooler responded. I've stopped giving her choices. Yes, she still can make some choices, just not with everything. Kids need boundaries, we all do. Think of it this way... when you get a new job you want to know the rules of the company. Can I take a two hour lunch or do I need to eat on campus? Adults feel more comfortable knowing the expectation, certainly children more so. Their growing brains can't make every decision. They need responsible adults to make the decisions for them. We decide what they eat to keep their growing bodies healthy. We decide bedtimes as we understand their sleep needs. My girl made the decision to dress head to toe in green today. She made the decision to wear her hair down. She decided that she would paint an orange cat with a purple collar. She still makes decisions but so do I. Very quickly she learned that a tantrum or crying doesn't get her what she wants. I know her future husband will thank me.
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