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We make so many choices every day, some small and not very important and some big and significant. But how much time to we usually take to think about each option and its possible outcomes? The Land of OR is here to guide us all through the decision-making process and help us to make the best choices.

Here are some ideas and ways to talk to your young travelers about their journey through this Land of OR and how to use their new skills in everyday life.

Gather Your Options-black

When making a choice, we usually go with the easy, obvious options. But there are usually many options available, ones that could be better choices. We often don’t take the time to look past obvious options to see the better ones that may be hiding behind them.

Questions to ask your child (and yourself):

  • Think of a decision you make (big or small). How many options are available to you for that choice?

Yabbut-black

Yabbut Jar CoverHow many times do we say “yeah but”? The Yabbut is a creature that is always around to provide us with reasons, but they are mostly just excuses. What are some excuses you use to pick easy or obvious options? What are the excuses you use when you have picked a bad option? Usually when we start with “yeah but” it means we aren’t choosing wisely or really thinking about it.

Count your Yabbuts throughout the day.

Canyon of WHY-black

Why do we choose the options we do? When we make a choice, what is the intention behind it? Our emotions can affect choices as well. Are we choosing out of fear, anger, joy, frustration? Knowing what your WHY is can improve the outcome of our decisions.

Questions to ask your child (and yourself):

  • When you made a good decision, what was your why? How about when you made a bad decision? What were you feeling, and why did you choose it?

Stream of If Then-black

Every decision we make has consequences. But how often do we think about those outcomes before we make a decision? Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking only about the immediate future. We sometimes make choices without a thought of what the long-term, or even short-term consequences may be.

Questions to ask your child (and yourself):

  • Was there a time when a decision didn’t work out or it ended up being a bad one? What did you learn from it?
  • If you want ________ then you need to _______. Lay out a game plan for your young travelers so they can keep the IF Thens in mind.

Gulley of Others-black

Our choices affect other people, not just ourselves. These choices can have good or bad impacts on others. It is important to consider who else could possibly be affected by the options we choose.

Questions to ask your child (and yourself):

  • How can your choices affect other people? For example, could your choice leave someone else out? What about the choice to speak up for what’s right, or the choice to help out a friend?

Best for YOU-black

In the end, we all want to pick the option that will make us a better person. This applies to our small choices as well as the big ones. Remember, what option you choose today will have an impact on the YOU of tomorrow.

Questions to ask your child (and yourself):

  • What are some of the choices that make you a better person? For example: being kind, eating healthy foods, or choosing to study and do well in school.

Here is one last travel tip to take with you:Patient Option-web

“There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make makes you.” ~ Anonymous

The quote at the end of the book:

This is the complete quote from Albert Camus – a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher.
“Life is a sum of all your choices. So, what are you doing today?”

 

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