Decision Making Lesson for Kids: Skills & Process

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Life is full of all kinds of decisions. In this lesson, learn how to use strategies and skills to think through your decisions in order to make the best one possible.

Decisions, Decisions

What did you wear to school today? Did you have cereal or toast for breakfast? Those are decisions that you probably make every day and don't even think about them. Most of the time, decisions can be easy and made quickly. However, there are times when you have to make decisions that might have a huge impact, or influence, on your life.

Big decisions can change the direction of your life, so it is important to take them seriously.
fork in the road

If breakfast or clothing are everyday decisions, what are examples of big decisions? Maybe you have to decide between playing soccer or football because you don't have time to do both. Perhaps you live in a neighborhood with lots of kids and need to decide who to choose as your friends. Later on, you will decide what kind of job will make you happy as an adult. All of these decisions can be overwhelming! But luckily there are strategies you can use to help make those tough decisions.

Gather Information

When faced with a big choice, it is important to do some research. This means that you look for more information to make sure you know as much as you can. If you are torn between playing two sports, then learn about both. The more information you gather, the better your decision will be for yourself and what you need or like.

Discover as much as you can about a decision before you make it.

Listen to Your Inner Voice

Have you ever heard that voice inside your head giving you advice or warnings? No, you're not crazy! Everyone has this little voice, and many people call it your conscience. This is often how you decide what to do when faced with tough decisions.

Let's pretend you witness someone being bullied. You have several options: ignore it, run away, go get help, or step in and stop the bully. What do you think your inner voice would tell you to do? Definitely not ignore or run away! Your conscience also may tell you that stepping in might be dangerous. Listening to that inner voice help you rule out options that are not appropriate or safe.

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