Parents and caregivers can help children, teens, and adults learn problem-solving skills. It won’t happen overnight and will be a process. But it’s not a complicated process and it’s something you have to purposefully do.
Talk aloud about the steps you go through all day long.
Even if it seems like your child isn’t listening, they will get used to hearing the processes. While this conversation may seem cumbersome and unnecessary—even embarrassing sometimes—it is a good way for our children to learn to solve problems.
Here are some examples:
Through these examples, a parent can learn about what it means to think aloud.
At first, it may feel strange to think aloud, but soon you will become comfortable with the process.
After weeks of practicing this method, a parent can transition to adding questions about the process. For example, a parent can ask, “What’s a good way to check what the weather is going to be like today?” Or a parent can ask, “Should I wear long sleeves or short sleeves since it’s going to be 89 degrees today?”
Following this simple method, our children can grow in their problem solving skills.
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