This is an essential
thinking skill. You can help by helping them think through situations that don’t have easy answers.
To encourage your child to think of something new, set up a “roadblock.” You can do this with a real-life situation or a pretend one.
Here’s an example of how it works:
You: “What would you do if you wanted to see a picture of horses (or other favorite animal)?”
Child: “Look on television?”
You, setting up roadblock: “But what if there wasn’t a horse show on?”
Child: “Maybe look in a book.”
You, setting up another roadblock: “But what if we didn’t have a horse book?”
Child: “We could go to the
Again, that’s just something to give you the idea. You can talk about anything. The point is to encourage your child to think of more than just one answer.
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