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Trisha’s Two-Cent Tuesday: Do You Allow Your Children Their Own Voice?

The other week, I had a friend come over, and she had asked my son, Jaden, if it was okay if she could give him a hug.  Jaden was hesitant, and I could see that we was struggling between doing what he wanted (which was not to hug her), and having to risk saying no and possibly offending her.   Myself, as well as my friend, encouraged him to answer truthfully according to what he wanted and how he felt.  He said no.   We both respected his decision, and in fact, I was quite proud of him for speaking up for what he knew was true for himself, and honouring his own feelings.   My Two-Cents? So many times, we as parents, encourage our kids to go against their better judgement and their own emotions.  And the reason we do this is because of our own need to please.   If we allow our children the space to make their own decisions in those moments, we are helping...

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