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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 80

Give them a voice

Your child has got to learn how to make decisions. And how to compromise. And how to work as part of a team. And how to negotiate. And what better way to teach them than to involve them in family decisions? They need to be consulted on decisions that affect them, just as you’d expect to be.

Of course, they don’t always get the casting vote. They need to understand that if it’s your house, your money, you have an ultimate right of veto. But that won’t always apply. In the end you can’t be railroaded by your kids into building a three-bedroomed extension just because they fancy a bedroom and a study each. But you can still consult them on how to change the existing space to get the best use from it.

As kids get older ...

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