Helping Your Child Become a Better Problem Solver
There’s no way that you can prepare your child for everything that they will face in life but what you can do is help them in developing the skills needed to do so and become independent.
Problem solving skills are the skills that we are referring to here. It’s a broad skill that encompasses many others like the ability to understand situations and the problems themselves and creative thinking which is needed to create innovative solutions. For ideas on how to help your child become a better problem solver, take a look at the suggestions below from a .
Identifying the Problem
For more complex problems, there’s a method that we recommend following which you can teach your child. Before they attempt to even solve anything, they will need to know exactly what the problem is. A way of doing this is to create a problem statement. This involves taking a moment to note everything down and understand where to prioritise focus.
Build Their Creativity
Creativity is all about thinking differently and it’s essential for problem solving. You can help in this area by giving your child the opportunity to create and exercise their own ideas. There are lots of play resources which promote creativity, like Lego and craft kits for example. They are what’s known as open ended materials and the possibilities of what they can create with them are endless.
Ask for Their Ideas
It’s good practice to ask for their take on things. If you come across a problem, ask them to see what they would do. It will encourage them to think pragmatically and put their skills to the test.
Guide Their Thinking
If problem solving isn’t something that they’re particularly good at, you can give them a hand by offering different viewpoints and perspectives. It will show them that there’s not just one set way of solving problems and the key is to think outside of the box.
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