As a child, I wasn’t encouraged to have any opinions, but in today’s society children are encouraged. Children will always have and want an opinion.
It is our job as parents to learn how to be more understanding of our children’s opinions, as long as our children’s opinions of what they want for themselves don’t interfere with their health. Even if we’re not parents, it is up to our parents to try to be more understanding of our opinions.
It isn’t easy for any parent to discuss opinions with their children without meaning to be discouraging, as they continue to look for compromises between what they want for their children and what they want for themselves. When it comes to opinions, reaching a compromise where everyone is happy, isn’t always easy.
Until children learn how to channel their opinions, it is possible that their expressed opinions can be forthright, which can make discussions with their parents a little more difficult. Boundaries seem to have changed with each passing generation.
Respect looked and sounded different. When it came to parents’ having an opinion, children were more likely to conform to their parents’ wishes in those times.