How should parents teach their children to think independently and make good decisions? Should parents let kids make independent decisions all of the time and in all areas of life?
I contend that parents should be discerning about the freedom they give their kids. When kids are young, they need to learn independence, but they also need their parents to guide them in many areas.
Why Parents Should Be Hesitant to Let Kids Make Independent Decisions in Some Areas
Are parents going insane? The idea of permitting very young kids, as early as age six, to decide their own gender sounds crazy to me! If parents permit this at such a young age, they are giving young children, essentially two decades away from reaching full brain development, the power to make a very formative decision on their own. And for most people, this is something that has been physically determined since they were born.
Are children also prepared to select their future spouses or vote for presidential candidates at this young age? I hope parents will pay attention to my advice today. While allowing our kids to think independently is a good and valuable practice, parents need to balance this with their authority and parental responsibilities—responsibilities to our kids and to our Heavenly Father. Help your child find a productive, thoughtful, and godly path early in life. As your child grows, this path will often reveal itself to be a clear and prudent option.
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