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Decision Making Skills for Children

Deeksha   |  26-Dec-2018

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Decision making is the process or action that help children make logical decisions. Sometimes, children make logical decisions. But there is also a time when children tend to make confusing, emotional and irrational choices. Decision making involves the process of choosing between two or more courses of action. In most of the scenarios, the decision involves the course of action within a few seconds. Children make decisions all the time. But how? How useful are decision-making techniques? What are the skills required? Here are some of the six skills used in decision making and the six steps involved in it:



1.      Intuition: Intuition encompasses an ability to understand things instantly, without the need for thinking, analysing or conscious reasoning. It aids one to make the vast powers of the subconscious to make judgments that can save a lot of pain later or prevent bad people from entering one's life.


2.      Foresight: Foresight helps one predict future outcomes. It is a long-term, "bigger picture” view of how some events will unfurl over a period and how one can act to influence few outcomes. 

3.      Critical thinking: Critical thinking is a process which utilizes focus and self-control to analyse and solve problems. It not only helps children in acing tests but also helps them be prepared for the real world.


4.      Emotional Intelligence: Emotional intelligence helps children understand, identify, use and manage emotions in a positive manner to empathise with others, communicate effectively, defuse conflict and overcome challenges. It impacts many different things in one's life, such as behaviour and interaction.


5.      Self-control: Self-control consists of emotional regulation aids one control extreme emotions so that children can use rationality in making decisions. Being able to control desires and impulses also help in achieving the goals children set for themselves.


Six Steps of Decision Making

Here are some procedures that will guide children in making the right decisions:


  1. Define the problem and decisions that needs to be made
  2. Identify all options and alternatives
  3. Assess all options and alternatives
  4. Make the decision
  5. Employ the decision
  6. Finally, analyse the decision made

Settling on choices is never simple. In any case, by giving children access into the reasoning procedure right off the bat enables them with the apparatuses and experience they require for settling on greater choices later. They will be better prepared to go up against the difficulties of life ahead. Several studies have shown children who are taught to make decisions from an early age grow up to be independent, bold and confident adults.

Moreover, inculcating decision-making skills in children helps them work in an effective management and develop leadership qualities.

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