Offering limited choices instead of making demands can be very effective. Children often respond to choices when they will not respond to demands. Offering choices is one of the most useful tools we use at Pasitos because it's a win-win solution with young children.
When using this tool, you are offering only choices that are okay with you, so you're happy. Your child gets to pick one that's okay with him/her, so he/she is happy. Now your child is in charge, within your limits. Your child is not in control of much in his/her life so even the smallest opportunity to have some input in a decision is huge.
Giving children choices and empowering them to make their own decisions will help prepare them for life. It will also build respect, develop problem-solving skills, avoid power struggles , teach responsibility and invite cooperation.
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Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.