Developing Problem-Solving Skills at Early Age Takes Kids Long Way As They Grow
Whether your child can’t find his science book or left his important notes with a friend or forgotten his lunch box at school, good problem-solving skills will help him manage his life rightly. International studies and child therapies suggest that children who lack problem-solving skills are at a higher risk of depression and suicidality. In addition to it, researchers have found that instilling problem-solving skills in a child at an early age can improve his/her mental health.
At KENNEDY HIGH the global school, we understand how important it is for a kid to become self-sufficient and able to deal with the issues he will face throughout his life. We believe in teaching basic problem-solving skills right from the preschool because it helps your child sharpen his skills and utilize them in the primary, high school and beyond. It is the responsibility of both parents and teachers to help the child develop problem-solving skills at an early age.
Importance of problem-solving skills for kids
Every day, children face different types of problems ranging from academic difficulties to fights with friends to problems on the sports ground. Yet, very few of them have their own formulas to solve those issues. Kids lacking problem-solving skills often avoid taking action when a problematic situation arises. Instead of putting all their energy into solving the issue, such kids may invest their time in avoiding the problem. This is one of the main reason for which many kids fall behind in school or find it very difficult to maintain friendships.
Sometimes, kids who lack problem-solving skills jump into action without recognizing the problem. A child may hit his classmate who cuts in front of him in line because he doesn’t know what else to do in that situation. Or else, he may just walk out of class suddenly when he is being teased because he cannot think of any other solution to it. Such impulsive choices may land such kids in great problems in the long run, so children must be taught problem-solving skills from an early age.
Teaching kids how to evaluate their problems
If they feel overwhelmed or hopeless, chances are high that they will not try to address a problem. But, when they are given a clear formula to solve problems, they will be more confident and give it a try. They need to be taught the formula step by step as discussed below.
- Identification of the problem
Identifying the problem and speaking it up can make a big difference for children who are getting stuck. Help your child say the issue, such as, “I don’t have anyone to play with in school,” or “I find it very difficult to solve math problems.”
- Development of multiple possible solutions
Finding different possible ways to solve the issue helps them understand the problem better and makes them ready to face such issues in future. Help your child develop solutions if he is struggling to come up with ideas.
- Identification of pros and cons of the solutions
Help the child identify every possible positive and negative effects of each potential solution he developed. This will make them ready to face any undesirable consequence.
- Selection of a solution
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- Testing of the solution
Encourage your kid to try a solution and see what happens. If it fails, he has other options in hand. Doing this will make them more courageous and determined in their goals.
When problems come, it’s not at all a wise step to rush to solve your child’s issue for him. Instead, help him solve his problem by walking through the problem-solving steps. You can offer guidance when he requires it, but he should be allowed to solve his problems on his own.