Encouraging children to become effective problem solvers

The challenges of training children in problem solving skills and individual critical thinking skills has been addressed over the years with new methods of teaching cropping up in order to meet their educational needs.

Are mainstream schools beginning to follow suite?

Nikki Bush runs us through some of these innovations and the role of parenting in making sure that children make their own discoveries and think for themselves.

We tend to just glibly answer children's questions instead of just turning around to them and saying what do you think before you actually give them an answer, because children have very interesting thought processes.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

And sometimes with children act purposefully dumb... enable them to come up with that solution and tyehy start feeling really clever.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

When dealing with teens Bush suggests parents listen more often before they speak.

Sometimes young people come to you to talk, not to get a solution, but to actually verbalise their thoughts. Sometimes to verbalise is to materialise a solution. Engage with that conversation to empower your child to come up with their own solution.

Nikki Bush, parenting expert

Listen to the full interview with Nikki Bush on how to help your children problem solve more effectively.....


This article first appeared on 702 : Encouraging children to become effective problem solvers


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