Problem solving is a skill you should start teaching your children when they are young. This will be very hard for you if you are a fix-it parent. A fix-it parent isn’t one who uses a hammer and screwdriver, instead he is the kind that frequently jumps in and fixes his child’s problems.
The urge to fix things for my kids has been and continues to be a constant inner battle for me. I fall into this trap for two main reasons: because I hate to see my kids struggle and because I often feel that it would just be easier if I got the job done myself.
Perhaps you struggle with this too. If so, let me urge you to resist the temptation to be a fix-it parent. Problem solving is one of the most valuable skills you can teach your kids and I suggest you start when they are young.
I wrote 9 Ways to Teach Problem Solving to Your Child for Less Than Perfect Parents earlier this week. Check it out if you want to learn more.
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