Choices, choices, choices

When is the first time I heard of choices in the context of education, I can’t remember… Must have been years ago. For years I have seen that giving options to a child can help you get out of a situation that seems blocked, in an almost magical way. You can use and abuse of choices!

He won’t put his shoes?
“You want to put first the right or the left?
You want these ones or those ones?
You want to put them by yourself, or you want me to help you?”

Recently, I discovered that you could bring this concept of choice one step further:
“You want to take the bath immediately, or you want to finish your drawing first?”

This is often enough to avoid the fight for bathing… because the child made the decision himself to go bathe after his drawing!

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