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Why Kids Need Problem Solving Skills & How To Teach It

Nana yaa

Oct. 29, 2020

Do kids really need problem-solving skills? If the answer is yes, how can you, as parents, teach it to them. We all lead a fast-paced life. So do our kids. Parents often forget to inculcate important skills in their young ones between managing your professional work and your child's academics or extracurriculars . A Harvard Business Study has ranked problem-solving skills as the third out of the sixteen important skills a child should have. It improves their presence of mind and helps them be calm under pressure.
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When your child steps out in the world , alongside all the other skills that they have, problem-solving skills become a valuable asset.  So, here is why your child must possess problem-solving skills:
It Results in Improved Academic Performance
Problem solvers have a better academic background than others. If tough situations arise in your kid's school, their brain is trained to find a solution and make it easier. They will not keep loitering on the problem . Instead, their focus will be to eradicate the issue.
For example, if there are multiple assignments and projects, all due within a week. Instead of stressing, your child has the 'get-set-go' attitude. They know they have a problem; their brain has analyzed various solutions to that problem, selected the most suited answer, and moved on. This is only possible when someone has taught them problem-solving skills.
It Increases Your Young One's Confidence
Stressing makes problems even more complex than they already are. Instead, the ones who have 'whatever the problem is, it will be taken care of' approach are more likely to get over the issue faster. This approach comes by practicing problem-solving skills. Overall, they boosts your child's confidence.
Sometimes, in class, a student may have doubts. There are two approaches that they may take in this situation. Some kids might get nervous and start over-thinking. They might start doubting themselves and have thoughts such as, "what if my questions are made fun of by my peers?" They are so busy fighting with their conscience and devil that the lecture ends, and they are still self-conscious .
Then there is the other kind; these kids take up and try solving the question. They will try hard to get to the solution, and if they cannot, they will go ahead and ask the teacher their doubts. It is clear how confidence is greatly affected in both cases.
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It Improves Your Child's Mental Health
Stress , nervousness, headaches, and anxiety are developed over time. In the first place, they occur when kids do not have the courage to face challenges. The major reason for this is that they have no solutions. They are constantly in their parents' shadows to think for themselves.
Concluding, your child will start feeling suffocated because they have no solution. It may also affect your kid's mental health. In severe cases, it can even lead to depression . Due to the suffocating feeling, their physical health might also start getting affected. Problem-solving skill actually is the one-stop solution to counter any such situation or challenge that your child might be facing.
These reasons are enough as to why you should teach your child problem-solving skills. It can be one of the most important skills that you can teach your child. However, the very next question that arises is how? Here are some ways that will answer your questions.
Let Your Kids Identify the Problem
First and foremost, ask your children to identify the problem that they are facing. Occasionally, it so happens that the situation is very minute, but the headache is massive. Ask your kids to analyze the situation by themselves. Initially, you can help them. Make use of questions such as "What exactly is the scenario?", "How critical is the situation for you to spend so much of time and energy on it?", "Is there anything you can do about it?" These questions will help your child know the gravitas of that situation. Once that is cleared, it will be easy for them to prioritize their work.
Think of Solutions
Now that the problem is identified and analyzed, ask your child to think of different solutions for them. It would be best if you let your children think for themselves. Many times, parents spoon-feed them with solutions, which makes the child very dependent . Let your child think for themselves and assist them in thinking in various ways but do not make all their decisions. Once they have their set of fixes; Ask them to weigh the pros and cons. They need to differentiate between the correct and incorrect decisions. It will also help their decision-making skills. Once the weighing process is done, they can conclude.
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Ask Them For Solutions to Your Problems
Depending on your child's age group, you can ask them to help you out with your basic problems. Please talk about the problem with your child and ask them to think of a solution. This way, their brain will start developing. Slowly, with time and practice, their problem-solving skills will get enhanced. Interacting with other individuals is a crucial part of learning problem-solving skills. Interacting with you and giving you solutions to your problems can be a boost for your child.
This practice talks a lot about your child and their mentality. Owing to their clear minds, kids are very good with solving problems and can come up with great solutions. It can also help you solve your problem.
Problem-solving skills are something that everyone has to learn at some point in their life. Most people learn it without even knowing them. Everyday, we deal with hundreds of problems, but at the back of our mind, it is our problem-solving skills that work hard to give you the solutions. Imbibing these skills in your kid from an early age will only enhance them to become fine individuals with an amazing presence of mind and abundant optimism.
Sources: Very Well Family , Marlborough , Family Education
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