Life is tough, but problem-solvers are tougher. People who are able to sort through issues and find a way to address them are the real winners in this difficult life. They are the most confident, most courageous, and most level-headed.
There’s probably no other person far more interested in improving problem-solving skills than parents — for their kids. If you want to bring out that problem solver in your kid, here are some tips:
1. Let them socialise.
Most problems kids will face later in life are about relationships. So, it’s important that even at the young age, you’re already training them to navigate the complexities of socialisation. And the best way to do is just to let them interact with other kids.
If you’re living in close-knit communities, such as the suburbs, befriend parents in the neighbourhood so you can introduce your kids to their kids. You may also enrol your children in Tootgarook’s top pre-school, so they’ll be exposed to a wider pool of kids.
2. Encourage pretend play.
Letting your kids play like Australian doctors and princesses lets them expand their understanding of the world. How? Taking on different roles exposes them to problems, forcing them to solve it based on the character they’re playing.
What’s more, they’re the ones who imagine conflicts for their characters to propel the story forward. This trains them not just to solve problems, but also to anticipate them as well. And even though these are essentially imagined problems, they’re not at all far from reality.
3. Allow children to fail.
A lot of parents micro-manage their kids so that they won’t experience disappointments, but failures are very much part of improving problem-solving skills.
When toddlers are able to experience failures in, say, losing in a contest they joined in, that’s a chance to help them sort through different kinds of emotions and see how they will respond to a real-world problem. It’s an opportunity to inspire.
Problem-solvers are risk-takers. They are the toddlers who are willing to fail. And they are the parents who allow children to fail.
Train your kids to be problem-solvers. Use these tips to bring out this ability in them.