As a result of increasingly nuclear families, some children are given too many rights to behave as they please, one of which is that children are allowed to make their own decisions involving in food, clothes and entertainment on a daily basis. There are many arguments supporting both views, those for and those against children’s freedom to have an ultimate say.
The opponents of allowing children to make their own choices generally base their arguments on the negative impact on children’s personality. There are concerns about how making one’s choice might entail one’s selfishness for the worse. This is because children, sometimes, are not mature enough to tell relative freedom from absolute indulgence, which results in a wrong conscience: they could make decisions at will without considering other’s wishes, and there seems to be plenty of research findings to confirm this.
Despite these arguments, there are equally strong cases to be made that allowing for more freedom would be advantageous to children. One related argument is that independence is likely to be cultivated. This can be explained by the fact that in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in independence in emotion, living and thinking among overseas students aged under 18 or less who have to make their own decision in the foreign countries. An additional point is that children could put their potential into full play by making their own choices due to their good understanding towards their merits and weakness. Perhaps the clearest example of this is that a large majority of celebrities are born to be given more freedom to make choices by themselves once the age of season is reached.
From my perspective, focusing on whether to provide absolute freedom to children about making one’s decision is too narrow an approach to help children grow better and would not have the desired results. Parents should be encouraged not only to give children some special privileges to help them move forward but also to supervise the children to exercise their rights in a reasonable way in general.