posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 05:15 PM
reply to post by Gridrebel
your 3 year old deciding the grocery list?
Surprisingly enough when I baby sat other people's children so I could stay home with my own and still bring in money, every Friday afternoon, we
would all sit down (the kids and I) and decide what our menu for next week would be.
I explained about healthy eating vs not healthy eating and astonishingly enough the kids all came up with very good meal choices plus I never had any
trouble with them eating their meals (healthy ones) because they felt a sense of pride in being allowed to choose.
We also made bread (whole wheat) on Thursdays and by the time my preschoolers left me for Kindergarten they could all write their own names, knew
their A-B-C's and were beginning to grasp phonetics.
Three of "my kids" still keep in touch and I've attended two weddings of my part time kids.
Children, if respected and given the facts often times will make wiser choices than you think and if you allow them to have some say, within reason,
they are more cooperative.
All too often parents or care takers just command children, not explaining why they are suppose to do what is being asked of them.
God, all my kids are now approaching middle age, three with kids of their own..................time flies.