I am a huge nerd and science was one of my favorite subjects in school. You wold not find me sick on the day we were to dissect the frogs in biology! It was no surprise to my family when I went into the nursing field and got my degree in the same. My kids have followed right along in my footsteps and love science and figuring out how things work. Did you know if kids have a curiosity about how stuff works is a foundation for how they can build problem solving skills? A child who is taught about problem solving as a child makes healthier decisions as an adult. If your kids needs a bit of help in that area, here are 3 tips:
3 Ideas To Teach Problem Solving For Kids
- Identify The Problem: One of the reasons kids cannot solve a problem is because they are not always sure what the problem is. You cannot expect a mechanic to fix your car if he does not know what is wrong with it, right? Talk with your kids when they have a conflict and help them see what the problem is. This will lead the way to them figuring out how to solve it.
- Identify The Consequences: Every problem has a solution and each solution has a consequence. Kids need to know there are good as well as bad consequences. Role play with the kids and come up with different scenarios on how a problem could turn out. This will help them weigh the end result and will make solving the problem easier to do.
- Identify The Solution: Once the kids have figured out the consequences, they can move on to resolution Kids need to know there is a resolution for virtually every problem. However, in older kids, you can give examples when there is not always a resolution. This may help down the road when they face a situation like that. When my parents divorced, my dad never contacted me again and I thought it was my fault. I had a lot of therapy in trying to figure out where I went wrong and find a resolution to the issue. A great therapist finally told me there was not resolution as it was in my dads control and not in mine as to how that outcome went about. In turn, I was free from the blame and was able to move on in my life.
One of the reasons we love Netflix so much is their comprehensive content and programming availability. My kids LOVE watching How Stuff Works and How It’s Made and Netflix offers both. We have seen some of the coolest episodes including how to make bowling balls, a kayak and fortune cookies. My kids have such inquisitive minds and it is so fun to watch their expressions when they see how something is made from beginning to end. These shows allow the kids to dissect the process which also helps with their problem solving skills. For the younger kids, there are shows like The Kratts, The Magic School Bus and many more. Netflix opens up a completely interesting, educational and entertaining way to see the world around us. We stream Netflix in my room on the Wii, in Henry’s room on his Xbox, on the Apple TV in Caitlin’s room and on the big TV in the family room. We also stream Netflix through the tablets and computer when we are on the road. You can get Netflix streamed into your home by visiting their website and singing up. It is quick, easy and super affordable!