My household is pretty laid back, the kids have an open voice in my home and it’s always worked well. Now, this doesn’t mean that the kids have a right to negotiate a set rule and win the negotiation. Rules are set in stone, but when it comes to issues, not understanding a discipline action or similar then the kids have a right and do feel confident speaking up.
You see, as parents we need to set our children up to learn how to have a voice in a respective, positive way and so how I run my house works for us. Rarely is there a complaint about the kids feeling not part of a unit, rarely do the kids think the parents are too mean, and we all work together to keep our house running smoothly.
Allowing my children to have a voice has really assisted in boosting self esteem and teaching my children to express their feelings and concerns out-loud. I am proud that my kids feel comfortable to speak up in a respectful way and confide in the adults in the household about issues or concerns.
Curious how do you run your household? What works for you?