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20 Things You Should Say to Your Kid Often

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What do you think?

This question encourages your child to form her own opinion and share it with you. This will improve your child’s critical thinking skills and reassure her that it’s okay to have an opinion that’s different from yours. “If parents do their children’s thinking for them, children stop taking responsibility for themselves, making it harder for them to learn to become critical thinkers who can handle greater freedom as they grow,” Buck says.