Published on: June 13, 2019
Do your children face trouble with their Maths homework?
Or, do they struggle to maintain friendship at school?
If your answer is ‘Yes,’ the issue might be related to problem-solving ability in your child. Whether your child often forgets his/her lunch or is falling behind in his/her class, good problem-solving skills can be a major tool to help them manage their lives.
Problem solving skill is the foundation of your child’s learning capacity. It makes them deal with the issues on their own. That’s why efficient teachers don’t provide correct answers directly when teaching. Instead, they use problem solving skills to guide them to arrive at the solution. However, smart parents can inculcate this skill right from their kids’ early childhood. Let’s find out how?
Stay away from helicopter parenting
Researches indicate that helicopter parents or overcontrolling moms and dads, can impede their child’s problem solving skills. First, let us understand what helicopter parenting is. Parents who assist their kids in every chore and task, like sports equipment or science fair project can be a good example of helicopter parents. Though apparently, they may seem to provide a kind of support for the advantage of kids, regular full-time assistance robs children of the mental strength they need to reach their full potential in life to excel in various fields. When parents tend to solve their child’s every small or big problem, children end up being incapable of making decisions for them. Being a parent, trust your kids with the tasks that are appropriate for their age and development. Guide them when they make mistakes, but let them make an effort to complete a task or solve their issues.
Engage your child to solve puzzles
Engage your child’s brain to some intellectual tasks. Puzzles, Maths, vocabulary, brain teasers, and logic can be an excellent source to inculcate problem solving skills in your children. You can improve these skills by taking daily challenges or intense exercises online. You can encourage your children from an early childhood to play with puzzles. Logical reasoning and brain teasers come in a wide range of themes and topics. Let your kid choose the program of his/her choice and watch them develop strategies to approach things, exercise their brains, and develop solutions which they can later transfer in their personal lives.
Let your kid deal with everyday problems
Everyday problems in real life may prove to be the greatest teacher for your kids. Make way for the little problem solvers! Let your little ones deal with everyday troubles and do their best. These clever tricks are not always verbal, it is also important to help them gain some hand-on experience on nonverbal problems. It can start with parents teaching them basic problem solving steps:
- Let them identify the problems. (For example, ‘I always forget to pack my school bag.’)
- Let them brainstorm.
- Break the problems into manageable parts, so the task doesn’t seem impossible.
- Help your child develop solutions is s/he is struggling to come up with ideas. Even a silly answer can be drove in the direction of solution.
- Let them find as many potential solutions as possible.
- Help your children identify the pros and cons of each solution.
- Once they have weighed every solution, encourage them to pick one.
- Let them try it and see what happens. If it doesn’t work out, they can try another solution from the list.
Nurture your child’s curiosity
Curious children ask a staggering 73 questions every day ... half of which parents struggle to answer. –Independent
Why do we have to go to school?
Where does all the money come from?
Why do you go to the office every day?
How do we come to this world?
Children are the most curious souls on the earth, and they may often bombard you with their who, why, what, when, and where. Children want to understand everything about the world and to satisfy their curiosity is not only important to enrich their knowledge but also instill problem solving ability. Being parents, it is easier for you to forget the answers what you tell them. But, it can be tough to deal with trickier topics like money and life. Feed their curious brain, and you will observe that their questions increase. Don’t give a vague answer; it will confuse them. If you don’t know the answer, let them exercise their mind by asking a series of related questions. Moreover, don’t present the answer directly to them. Ask questions to make them come up with a series of probable answers.
Acknowledge their efforts
Let your children know that what they are doing is important. Encourage them by showing verbal support. For example, praise them when they solve a brain teaser. It will motivate them to try their hands at more similar activities. At times, even nonverbal support can be an excellent source of encouragement, like a smile, an understanding nod, or a thumbs-up. Sometimes, sitting quietly next to your child and observing them communicating or playing a game can give a message that “I understand what you’re doing and it is important.”
Let kids make mistakes
As per a wise saying – Mistakes are often the best teachers. Letting your child make mistakes is the only way they can learn from them. If your child makes mistakes, reassure them that adults make them too. In fact, you can ask them to solve some of your resulting problems. After all, making mistakes is an opportunity for learning and isn’t a bad thing. Allow them to fail at a task and open a new door of learning for them.
A strong problem solving skill not only boosts the self-esteem of kids, but it also makes parents proud. Children feel good about themselves when they successfully deal with a problem. At Aptence, we understand this, and so, we use adaptive technology to help students learn independently and proactively. Our tailored solutions and content have been developed by an expert team of mathematicians and educationalists. We help your child achieve their full potential and make them expert in decision making and problem solving skills. Contact us for more details.
Last Updated on: July 1, 2019