Children these days are not capable of solving problems, even simple ones. Why is that? Does somebody in the house step in to fix the problem, and without thinking take their burgeoning problem solving abilities away from them? Are children not respected enough to do something of value? Do parents understand the ramification of teaching problem solving early as a precursor to a successful adult life? Does this reflect the sense of entitlement that many people of all ages have today? Are children so tied up with the various screens that they are not even aware of simple solvable problems?
Are you giving your children responsibilities and chores at home that they are expected to do that build confidence and self reliance? If not, have them take out the trash, put their laundry in the laundry room, sweep the front entry way, make their beds, pick up their toys, put their dishes in the dishwasher, have them feed the cat, dog, fish, turtle, bird. You have your own ideas about how to do this because it is very important.
A wise parent must identify simple problems in their child’s young years that are easily solvable, and then let the child grabble with them to come up with a solution. You will ask, “What can we do here? What do you think we should do? (Don’t come up with any possible solutions.) I don’t have any ideas. Gee, I don’t know. What do you think we should do?” This is great training for life. It will bring confidence, self awareness, a “can do” attitude, maturity….AND THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT.
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