Similarly, spend time together working on a puzzle or Sudoku challenges.These allow opportunities to discuss the thoughts that arise when fitting in the puzzle piece for correct numbers.Then, I remembered that she had done this last month and I found her in the neighborhood visiting another dog.
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This simple outline of problem solving can be used for nearly every situation a child encounters.
Older kids must deal with peers at school, forgotten homework, unhappiness with their parent’s rules, or losing a necessary piece of sporting equipment prior to a game.
As with most tasks related to children, the language and strategies used will vary based on a child’s age, but the ideas apply to everyone.
Over time and through practice, the majority of the minor problems with be solved without the needed steps above.
However, for bigger problems, helping a child solve them rather than solving it for them leads to less anxiety and greater confidence and independence.
Parents cannot be expected to solve every problem for their child.
You must teach your child how to solve these problems when they arise.
Solving the problem: These steps should be taught to all children and placed in a visible location in the classroom as a reminder.
For many anxious children, these steps can be used during structured breaks to work through the anxiety caused by the problem.