Raising Problem Solvers

Monday, May 22, 2017
COVER_Raising Problem Solvers

According to The Washington Post, the vast amount of information and resources that are available online – all thanks to recent technological advancements.

From this, parents and the best international schools in Manila are working hand in hand to nurture and maintain both the skills and the talents of this generation.

One of the most important skills any kid could have is problem-solving. It helps in all aspects of life, and more importantly, it is a fundamental building block that could lead your child to further some of his other more complicated skills such as leadership or independence.

Of course, as with any other life skill, it may not come naturally to your child. Luckily, there are steps you – as a nurturing parent – could take in order to develop his ability for problem-solving.


Ask questions

Unleash your child’s problem-solving potential by challenging it early on. Ask him simple questions that he can solve while introducing new ideas to him should he hit a roadblock.

Every child’s greatest dilemma often lies in the limited amount of time he can spend playing. However, it’s a known fact that kids also have to divvy up that time with doing household chores. Instead of setting up a schedule for him to follow, use this “problem” as an opportunity to get him to create one for himself. Let him solve how he will spend his time playing and doing household chores. Then, mutually agree on the final solution he comes up with.

If you and your child practice this, you are not only enhancing your child’s problem-solving skills but also encouraging the growth of his creative skills.


Let them be independent

One of the essential qualities of a good problem-solver is independence.

When it comes to solving a problem, let your child do it himself and refrain from intervening as much as possible. This will help him lessen his dependency on you and become a fully independent and efficient problem-solver. However, in some instances, you can still provide him guidance, most especially when the situation calls for it.

By doing this, your child will learn to solve the problem on his own, which will allow him to fully utilize his problem-solving skills.


Teach time and patience

Solving a problem takes time and patience. Teach him that these two things are essential to real-life situations. Tell your kid that when solving a problem, it is important to fully focus his attention on its root cause.

Remember to give him enough time to make decisions as well as patience when he does not make it on the first try.



As a parent, it’s natural for you to want to secure your child’s overall well-being as he grows up. Doing all these things will enable you to fully raise a critical thinker and responsible problem-solver.


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