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Our job as parents is to TEACH children how to solve problems by themselves. This way they can become confident, independent and successful individuals. Children with problem-solving skills manage their emotions, think creatively, and persist until they find a solution.

3-5 years old

  • Use emotion coaching

Name and validate emotions

Let them process emotions


  • Say 'show me the hard part'

Problem-solving with storybooks - dialogue reading technique

  • Creative play

5-7 years old

  • Teach the problem-solving steps

1. What am I feeling?

2. What is the problem?

3. What are the solutions

4. What would happen if...?

5. Which one will I try?

  • Use craft materials
  • Ask open-ended questions: ' How could we work together to solve this?'

7-9 years old

  • Break down problems into small chunks

Brainstorm together

Ask open-ended questions


  • Show 'The broken escalator' video and have a discussion

9-11 years old

  • Use creative problem-solving with prompts: create a jump ramp for cars, design your own game with rules
  • Make them work for it: ask how they CAN earn the money to get what they want.
  • Encourage them to put it on paper: graphic organisers.

12+ years old

  • Play chess together
  • Have them learn to code. It prompts creativity, logic, planning and persistence.
  • Encourage them to start a creative and meaningful project
  • Play SODAS method (SODAS is short for Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages, Solution)
  • Encourage them to join problem-solving groups: MUN, Debate team, Science Olympiad.