Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cede Control

Consider ceding some control.

Surrender some power.

Follow instead of lead.

One way children learn confident decision making, thoughtful leadership, and wise problem solving is through their play.

Another way they learn these things is through real-life practice.

When you willingly hand over some of your power, cede control, and surrender to their decision making, you give them the chance to practice.

You can let two year olds pick the toys they want to play with or the books they want to hear.

You can let three year olds direct lunch preparation--deciding how to make sandwiches and what to pour in cups.

You can give first graders control over the course of their day.

Giving up control is hard for some of us adults, but it is a valuable way to promote self-management skills.

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