Helping Your Child Develop Problem Solving Skills

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In order for all of us to solve our problems, we need to harness the skills to manage issues that come up at different stages. To help our children do this, there are a range of methods we can use to support their development. Some of the best secondary schools in West Sussex will recommend using these kinds of methods and efforts to role play in order to naturally teach children about solving issues as they arise.

Play lots of puzzle games

Puzzles are a fun way of encouraging your child to think about how to approach a new problem and what they can do next. It’s a good time to help your child figure out which ways you can develop their critical thinking skills, while having a lot of fun at the same time. Try out some different games that your child can play on their own or with friends - from the classic board games we all play together to jigsaw puzzles and video games.

Role play solving problems together

The opportunity to solve problems helps your child learn how they can handle things in their own unique ways. It’s a good time to help your child manage problems on their own by putting up hurdles for them to overcome. The good thing about this approach is that you can see for yourself how your child can solve problems, especially when they have an opportunity to show you how far they’ve come.

Normalise making mistakes

Making mistakes is normal and should be something you see your child do often. It’s a good chance to find ways to support your child when they are learning new skills. And it also means your child feels a lot more comfortable to solve problems as they come up in front of them. We all have to face mistakes that are made, no matter what our age, so normalising it as a child will help them feel more confident to solve future issues.

Problem solving can always be a good test of a child’s skills, and it can be something your child will learn to enjoy as they get older. The problems become more advanced as they age and it’s an important starting point for children to explore both inside school and in real life.

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