I’m going to be very honest with you: I hate making them.
I’m that person who has a hard time deciding where to go for dinner, or what movie to watch on Netflix because what if I make the wrong decision??? So I often fall back on old favorites. I’ll order Chinese food and put on “The Office” or “Friends” for the millionth time.
But when I finally have to pull the trigger and do something new or different? It usually works out! Sure, not all of choices are going to be great (That hot, new restaurant I was dying to go to was actually pretty “meh,” but at least now I know!).
If something as simple as where to go eat can get tricky, choices and decisions involving our kids are on another level entirely. Parents often ask me what they should do about this or that. What preschool should they pick? Who's the best pediatrician? What toy will help their kiddo start talking?
And if you ask any of the families I work with, they’ll tell you the same thing: I never give them a straight answer.
Super annoying, I know. But together, we always work on getting to an answer!
As parents, you know what you want for your kids. You do research. You observe your kiddo and know what’s going to be best for them. I’m always available to talk things through and share my opinion and expertise. Ultimately though? It’s up to you.
So next time you need to make a decision for your little one, think about what you already know. You know how your child learns. You know what they like. You know what they’re challenged by. Ask yourself some questions. Why is this decision so hard to make? Is there something that’s stopping me from deciding? And what’s going to happen if you make the wrong decision?
Trust your gut. Do the research. Go try that new restaurant; if it’s terrible you’ll make a different decision next time. Because that’s what it's all about, right? Learning from your choices.
Make the choice. You got this.
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