“Why in the world did you do that?” “Didn’t you think about what you were doing?” Ok, I’ve heard these words and I’ve said these words. Sometimes kids make bad choices and sometimes parents and adults don’t make the best decisions.
If we ask kids why they make some of the choices they do, responses might be:
- It seemed like the thing to do at the time.
- I just did it. I didn’t think about any consequences.
- Who takes time to think?
- I wanted to be cool with my friends.
- We just wanted to have a little fun.
- I don’t need my parents telling me what to do all the time.
These aren’t exactly what parents want to hear, but let’s face it. Kids will do unwise (even stupid) things as they grow up. That is one way they learn. It is important for parents to help ensure that kids do indeed learn and don’t repeat bad choices.
So how does this work? Well, one important piece is to let kids be held accountable and bear the consequences. Turned in homework late – lost points on the grade. Didn’t do assigned chores – have to miss favorite TV show to catch up. Broke curfew for football team – sit on the bench for a game.
If a child’s safety isn’t compromised, most of the time parents can allow the consequences to teach the lessons of making decisions. How have you responded when your child makes a bad choice?
2 thoughts on “That Wasn’t the Smartest Choice”
Probably the most popular one around here lately is getting homework done before this practice or that activity. They are always shocked when I tell them that I really won’t bring them if homework isn’t finished. If there is one thing I want my kids to understand, it’s that school comes first.
Not sure the coaches like my parenting but the missed practices are getting fewer because the kids are starting to realize I’m not just saying the words.
Jen – your children are learning that choices have consequences. Sounds like they are getting the message.