5 Steps to Good Decision Making Skills for Teens
Step #1: Prepare yourself. Are you ready to let your teen take over this decision that you have been making for him? It is important to remember that you are doing a good job and your teenager is blessed to have you in his life.
Step #2: Help your teen identify a conflict that needs his/her attention.
Step #3: Encourage your teen to think through each option. . Be available to listen and help even after your teen has developed good decision-making skills.
Step #4: Allow your teen to make the decision. Hold your tongue just before you’re ready to say, “I think you should…”
Step #5: Reconnect and evaluate the decision with your teen. Talk to your teen about what happened, even the outcome wasn’t what was hoped for. Give your teen positive feedback and tell him/her that you are proud that he took on this challenging decision.