Here are some ways you can help your child learn to trust her own problem-solving skills:
- Find a problem your child can relate to. For example, you might decide to work on fixing one of her broken toys.
- Examine the problem. Children need time to gather information. For instance, your child might inspect the broken toy to figure out which parts are causing the problem.
- Ask for suggestions. Brainstorm with your child about what you might do to fix the toy. If you need help, ask family members to join the conversation.
- Experiment with ideas. Even if you don’t think your child’s suggestions will work, give them a try. You might be surprised by the results.
- Share the outcome. Children like to be recognized for their accomplishments. If they’ve helped to solve a problem, praise them and mention their success to others.
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