Where to eat, which board game to play, what to do with a free evening: Teachable moments abound. Not only will giving your input reinforce for the kids that their opinions matter, but they will also get practice negotiating, compromising, and conceding. Especially now that the kids are older, we enjoy their illuminating feedback about how to allocate our limited resources. When Joe recently lobbied for a new couch, he wants a big, comfy one. He inspired to comparison shop online and present various budget-friendly options.  This is the big kid version of letting him pick out a passion fruit in the supermarket when he was 4, and it is teaching him the same skills, according him the same respect, and diminishing, in a small but real way, some of that powerless feeling that children must suffer from so much. Check out our other post on Including Your Kids. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.






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