Don’t you love to be consulted? Don’t you love when someone asks you what you think? It pulls you into that person’s world and makes you feel honored, respected, and valued. Your child will feel the same way when you ask for their opinion about something that really matters.
Is there a decision you have to make that you could share with your child? Is there something you’re thinking about or a problem you have to solve that could use your child’s perspective? Look for an opportunity to sincerely ask your child, “What do you think?” or “What would you do?”
Demonstrating that you value your child’s thoughts will strengthen your relationship and let them see that the two of you are connected in an important way.