Seven Reasons Why Problem Solving Is Essential For A Child To Succeed In Life

Problems and challenges are a part of our daily lives from infancy until death. Problems either become obstacles that make a man fail or hurdles that invite people to overcome them and lead them to greatness. For this reason, problem solving in is one of those key fundamental habits that differentiates a successful person from a non-successful one. Problem solving is more than just a basic skill to survival, it is also a success-differentiating art from which to thrive from.   Here are Seven Reasons Why Problem Solving Is Essential For A Child To Succeed In Life.


For the first few years of life children can be very dependent on their parents. Slowly, as they grow older, they learn to handle problems and adversities on their own; however, this requires problem solving skills. If a child does not have basic problem solving skills, then he will always depend on his parents to fix every problem he encounters. Problem solving allows children to grow and learn emotionally.


One of the biggest fears a child has is being all alone. A child without problem solving skills will have a very difficult time making friends. Kids have trouble understanding that they are not the center of the universe. This inevitably leads to many, many conflicts with their peers. Usually after a little bit of arguing the kids will grudgingly compromise. On the other hand, a child without problem solving abilities will refuse to find a solution and consequently lose friends.


Problem solving innately involves a child thinking of the consequences his actions bring. This leads to a child understanding that some things are dangerous, whilst others are not. A child who wants to go to the park without problem solving skills might be more inclined to attempt to steal the car and drive off while the problem solving child is more likely to simply just ask.


The problem solving skills children are taught at home often carry over to school very successfully. Whenever a small child is struggling to figure out a tough addition problem or new spelling word, he will think about how he solved his problems at home. A child with no problem solving experience will often crumble and give up at the first sign of a challenge.


Even at ages five and six children begin to figure out that there are leaders and followers. At recess, there will be one kid barking out playtime orders while the others willingly oblige. This is because the leaders often have good ideas because of their problem solving skills. Teaching a child problem solving at a young age sets him up for a career of success leading others.


Nothing is more frustrating to anybody, children and adults, than feeling helpless. The ability to solve problems makes one feel powerful, like he can overcome anything. Children with stronger problem solving skills also have higher self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. This trait will cause the child to believe in his own competence. In contrast, a child with weak problem solving skills will feel like he cannot do anything right. He will wonder why it seems so easy to other kids and conclude something is wrong with him.


Ultimately, a parent's role is to prepare a child to enter the world as a contributing citizen. Eventually, everybody will have to learn basic problem solving skills. Children who are taught problem solving skills younger are much better at it than their peers who learned it later. It creates a gap that is often impossible to overcome. This allows the good problem solving kids to turn eighteen, leave their house, and deal with the demands of society without missing a beat. Other children will often be overwhelmed by the excessive amounts of problems they face.

  1. Understanding how crucial problem solving is your child's success, start giving problems to solve. 
  2. Ask your child's feedback regarding what to do about the mess in the living room, the broken cup or the cat crying at night and waking everyone up.
  3. Discuss with your child the choices he brings up and what the advantages and disadvantages of each route are.
  4. Always ask your child if there are more choices. Widening his solution base will teach him that always in life, there are more choices. 
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