Children often focus on their immediate wants and don’t consider long term consequences. This can be frustrating for parents and carers who can be left to sort out problems at the last minute.

Children need adult guidance to develop their decision-making skills and understand the consequences of their actions. Families can prompt good decision-making by identifying appropriate choices for children to make and using questions to help them think through steps. 

Learn more about decision-making and problem-solving below.

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers

School children