How to teach children problem solving skills

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to teach children problem solving and improve their problem solving skills
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How to teach children problem solving skills

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I first started using the concept of resilient mindset when I ask the question, "How does a child who is more resilient, who can bounce back, how do they see the world differently from a child who is not resilient?" And I called it a mindset, it's how we feel about ourselves and our skills. And it affects how we behave. As one example, we know resilient kids feel they can solve problems and make decisions which means that parents at an early age have to help children to develop problem solving skills, they can do this by offering choices when kids are little. When there's a problem a parent can say to a child, can you think of one or two ways of solving it. So the message constantly is, you have the resources to start coming up with solutions yourself. And when you have that resource, then what happens is you feel more in control that you can handle future adversity.

Therapist & Author Robert Brooks, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to teach children problem solving and improve their problem solving skills

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Robert Brooks, PhD

Therapist & Author

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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