There are several reasons why giving children choices throughout the day is crucial to their development.
1. Develops autonomy
Giving toddlers choices not only helps develop their sense of independence and responsibility but allows them to feel control and power while allowing the parent to monitor the situation.
2. Builds self esteem and confidence
Your child will feel empowered and in control of events when she is able to make or influence decisions that she considers important. This sense of power is exciting and builds confidence and self esteem.
3. Cognitive development
Making choices is part of developing problem solving skills and creative thinking.
4. Maximizes learning
Children are more likely to stay committed to an activity they have chosen themselves.
5. Develops a sense of responsibility
By making choices children can begin to learn how to be responsible for their own actions.