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Getting through the day without making a decision is nearly impossible. For middle and high school students, making choices, whether they be simple or difficult situations, is not always easy. There are many factors that influence the choices young people make. Often, they may ask themselves a number of questions regarding the decisions they make.
- What will my parents think?
- Would my friends agree?
- Is this a cool thing to do?
- Is this best for my future?
Yes, family, friends, the media, and emotions can affect how a young person navigates decision-making. Despite the pressures they may feel, young people must take time to think through the details of their decision before acting.
Below are steps found in the Who’s Making the Decision chapter of the Health Rocks!® manual. Use these steps to help avoid engaging in risky and unhealthy behaviors.
- Identify the decision to be made.
- Brainstorm possible options or choices.
- Select the options that are the best.
- List the positives and negatives of each selected option.
- Think about short-term and long-term consequences.
- Choose the best option.
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- Sometimes, making wise decisions is difficult.
- To guide your decisions, try these pointers…
- Get the facts.
- Base decisions on truth, not on myths.
- Know the risks involved with your choices.
- Surround yourself with positive influences.
- When unsure, seek help.
- Trust family to assist you with options.
National 4-H Council. Health Rocks!® Intermediate Level: Chapter 4A Who’s Making the Decision?