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The Most Powerful Things You Can Say To Your Kids

2. "You Decide"
When my mom was little, her grandma would take her into town. At the end of the day, she got to decide whether she wanted a treat or to take the bus back. Neither was extravagant, but she remembers it because she got to make a choice.

Kids crave control, especially because their safety and well-being necessitates parents making most decisions for them. Not wearing a seat belt in the car is obviously not an option, but we can certainly let them pick what's for snack or their outfit for the day.