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What would you do? (Ages 3-5, 6+)


Subject: Kids Games

As children get older, their skills increase and their ability to make more complicated decisions increases as well. Learning how to make good decisions and to problem solve is a way to build mastery skills. One way to practice this with your older children is to play What Would You Do?

Give your child, your spouse, and yourself a stack of index cards. Have each person write down an ethical dilemma or problem.

Example: your friend tells you that she stole a necklace from a store. She is excited about it and says that, even though she knows it was wrong, it was fun to do and that big stores expect stuff to get stolen so they make the prices higher. You are worried that she's going to keep stealing and that she'll get in big trouble. What would you do?.

Take turns choosing a card and sharing how you would handle the situation. While you may not agree with how the situation is handled in your example, you can help your child figure out how to deal with it, in case she ever finds herself in a similar situation. It is important not to criticize your child's decision, but it is good to ask questions like:

  • What makes that a good decision from your perspective?
  • What do you think would happen next?
  • How do you think you would feel the next day?

The goal of this game is not to find "the right" answer, but to give your child the opportunity to practice making decisions and build her confidence in her ability to think things through and problem solve.


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