Top Ten Reasons Why Critical Thinking is Crucial For A Child's Success

Critical thinking is crucial attribute for your child's success in school and life in general. A critical thinking person is someone who explores many possibilities to a problem and picks the best working solution. Moreover, a critical thinking person doesn't make rash decisions, nor is he influenced too strongly by emotions or peer influence. As parenting leaders who want our children to succeed in life, we want to develop our children's ability to think critically. Because children are such mailable and open-minded learners, as parents you can easily train your child correctly on how to be a critical thinker.

Here are the top ten reasons why critical thinking is crucial for a child's success:

 1. Critical thinkers are better decision makers.

Poor decision making can be costly and dangerous at times. With critical thinking skills, your child will be making better and wise decisions on problems and administer better judgment of situations.

2. A Critical thinking child is an independent thinker: 

This is closely related to the first one, but it is broader. A successful person has an independent mind, and does not fall prey to the sacrificing on himself to please others. A critical thinking child will be able to independently think things out by himself, thereby, reducing chances of falling trap to negative peer influence.

3. Leadership skills: 

In all arenas of life, it is the greatest leaders that inspire others to greatness, change this world, and advance toward any goals they possess. Critical thinking skills are exactly what children need in order to develop into great leaders.

4. Higher grades: 

Children who have been trained to be critical thinkers have higher propensity to score higher grades in school than those who are not. It must be appreciated that there are examination questions that require learners to think outside the box. Because a teacher can never teach everything in the classroom, it is the critical thinker who will go the extra mile and reach his own intellectual conclusions and inferences. Critical thinkers thrive in such kind of situations and tend to outperform their colleagues.

5. Critical thinking enhances creativity:

When a critical thinking child faces a challenge, he will examine the problem from many angles. You will notice that this successful child, does not always solve his problems from one manner or one angle. He does creativity, and with confidence, attempts different solutions for the same problem.  Observe how a critically thinking organizes his toys and responds to unexpected challenges. His creative ingenuity is peaked during situations that welcome this attribute.

6. Critical thinking in your child enhances courage:

 It requires courage to look for better solutions and approach problems from different angles The norm of societal thinking is that you do things the way they are always done. Without being held hostage to the existing problems or limiting accepting mind-sets, the courageous critical thinking is willing to take educated risks to reach his goals. This is imperative for success in life.

7. Critical thinking enables your child to appreciate diversity: 

The real world is not black and white, but an endless spectrum of colors and beautiful grays. When a child is able to think critically, he gains a wider life view that fosters compassion, acceptance, and diversity.  The most successful people in life see the wide range of magic and resources that come from appreciating diversity. This is important for your child's success as he grows into a successful adult.

8. Critical thinking cultivates essential communication skills in your child: 

Good reasoning is enhanced by good listening, reading, writings, and oral skills. The more we invest in cultivating good communication skills, the better equipped our children are to think critically. This widened perspective allows children (and adults) to garner information from a variety of resources including textual, audio, video, and interpersonal cues and information gathered from good communication skills, including verbal and non-verbal information-gathering.

9. Critical thinking invites compassion:

To be an excellent critical thinker, your child needs to learn that there is always 'the other side of the coin;. Close-minded, one-track thinking will not help your child understand the other side's feelings and position, and thus will severely reduce his ability to think critically. One solution should not blind you into thinking that the problems have been solved in the best way. There are always more options, more views, more sides that a critical thinkers will explore to find better solutions.

10. Critical thinking child will question the statue quo: 

Critical thinkers think outside of the box and learn to draw their own conclusions. This is not to be confused with rebelling authority, in which as child shows disregard for what his parents or others tell him. Healthy critical thinkers do not take the world or any situation as all there is, and always question the beliefs, norms, doctrines, and theories that do not make sense to him. This is critical for success in life. For this reason, it is the critical thinkers who will will always improve society.

  1. Does raising a critical thinker scare or intimate me too much as a parent? 
  2. Am I scared that if I give my child 'too much room' he may use it against me? 
  3. How can I encourage my child to challenge the world while still ensuring discipline and respect to my parenting leadership? 
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