Originally Posted by nycindie
I don't see how it's reasonable or wise to have the preferences of children in kindergarten and first grade dictate their parents' decisions.
I don't think that's what sparklepop meant.
I read "listen to the children" as make sure they know their voices and preferences are HEARD.
That doesn't mean that those preferences will be followed to the letter. It just means that the children know you will try to accommodate their preferences as much as you can, and that if you do end up going against their wishes, it's for an important reason.
It's very important for children to know that they are being heard ... that the adults in their lives care about how they feel.