Problem solving with your child

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Helping your little one think about how to get past everyday barriers will build their problem-solving skills.

Next time you come across a simple problem when you’re out and about, try talking to your child about it.

For example, maybe you’re going for a walk and the path is blocked.

First, describe what the problem is. “Oh no, the path is blocked. We can’t go our usual way.”

Then talk through what you’re going to do to overcome the problem. “We’ll have to cross the road and go a different way.”

It may sound simple, but you’re showing your child how to react calmly when things don’t go to plan. Then you’re showing them how to think of a new way. This is an important skill to have as they get older.

As they get more confident with this idea, you can start to ask them for a solution the next time there’s an obstacle. This will let them put their problem-solving skills into practice.

If you’re stuck for real-life examples, you can use books. If the main character has a problem, try pausing and asking your child what they think the character should do.

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This helps your child see that there is a process that we follow when faced with a problem. This will give them the confidence to have a go themselves and not avoid tricky tasks.