The modern parent encourages kids to give opinions. Living in the information age means kids are exposed to just about everything. As such, it's important to embrace those heart-to-heart conversations with them.
Talk with your kids about the birds and the bees or discuss how they can approach someone they like at school.
Hear their point of view first and then give yours.
Discuss the pros and cons of an issue and then allow them to decide the best approach.
Give your child freedom to make decisions after getting your advice. Allowing your kids the space to make choices may ultimately result in them taking your recommendation in the end.