Whether we’re the grown up or the child, we will always have an opinion. No matter what values we put in place, children will still have their own opinions.
It’s our job as parents to learn how to be more understanding of our children’s opinions, as long as their opinions of what they want for themselves, don’t interfere with their health. Even if we’re not parents, it’s up to our parents to try to be more understanding of us.
It isn’t easy for any parent to discuss opinions with their children without sounding discouraging, as we continue to look for a compromise between what we want for our children and what they want for themselves. Reaching a compromise where everyone is happy isn’t always easy. Sometimes children can be forthright with their opinions, which can make discussions a little more difficult.
Many adults will have gone through the process, albeit in a different era and will likely form opinions on what they want for themselves, but children may work to do the opposite, as they can be easily swayed by other people’s opinions.
It is important children learn to block out other people’s opinions so they form their own, but as with everything in life, that only comes from experience.