Knowing how to tackle obstacles and problem-solve is a key to developing independence. We have teamed up with an independent school in Middlesex to share more.
Identifying the Problem
To be able to effectively solve a problem, your child needs to be able to identify what’s wrong. This can be done by getting them to write down all of their thoughts and feelings so that they can refine them into a single problem statement. Once written down they can then detach themselves from the problem to see what it actually is.
Creating a List of Solutions
Now that that’s done your child can brainstorm potential solutions. To do this, encourage your child to consider different perspectives by offering other angles and hints. This can help them to create an even better solution and ones aside from the obvious. To teach your child how to look at questions differently, give them open-ended questions like ‘what jobs involve driving’. This could be all jobs as we all need a way of getting to work, delivery jobs or any job that’s working for a transport company.
Brainstorming Pros and Cons of The Solutions
Using the same method, get your child to think about all the advantages and disadvantages of their solutions. This will help them to make an informed decision when it comes to narrowing down their options.
Lastly, your child will need to use their critical thinking skills to decide on what the right solution is. From the list of pros and cons created, this should be easy to identify.
Try and Test
Once that’s done your child can put their ideas to the test. If it doesn’t work out, that’s okay. There’s always plan b and c. Now that they have explored their other options, they can just as easily put those to the test. This can teach your child that it’s okay to make mistakes and that they’re just as easily rectified.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.