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Are children ready to make decisions like adults?

I mean if they are ready to decide about their future. Are they mature enough?

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    Apr 2 2012: I would say some certainly can. From the age of 11 I don't think my decision making has changed very much. In fact I would trust my young self with most all of my adult decisions.
    I would venture that given responsibility, people will rise to the occasion.
    • Apr 2 2012: I think that with age we look at things differently, so our decisions are changing.
    • Apr 2 2012: Do you think that the decisions thaty we 'offer' children are mostly 'over-simplified',and that the same issues are over-complicated in the 'adult world' by consequences?
      Ask a child about recycling or the environment, and they'll likely give you the simpest, best answer to reach those ends, (saving the planet).
      Ask an adult the same, and the will most likely complain about how it (the proposed solition) will change and complicate their lives, and how, in GREAT detail, it would never work.
      This does NOT make their decision-making skills inadequate, nor their answers wrong.
      • Apr 2 2012: I think that decision which we suggest to children not always are "over-simplified" we just helping them on decision-making, but sometimes parents decide for their children. It depends on situation and family.
        • Apr 3 2012: I feel that the parents must act as a mentor and a guide for their kids but at the same time they must be cautious while making decisions concerning their child. Independence must be encouraged but since kids lack experience, they need to have proper guidance. THOUGHTFUL OBSERVATION and FRANK CONVERSATION is the answer.
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        Apr 2 2012: That's a good point. Sometimes I think kids are more apt to make up their own answers perhaps seeing the situation more simply than adults do.
        • Apr 3 2012: I find thet adults only want to see the answers that are covenient for them to apply, and when a child gives their answer, they are told, "life's not like that, you'll understand when you get older". Most problems in life are simple enough for children to understand and make totally logical decisions about. A child's answer, if not agreed upon by the adult world is sumarily veto-ed.

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