Helping your child solve challenges that come up will help them grow their problem solving skills.
• Talk things through with your little one – how did they manage to do something new? Break it down step by step. They will use these skills to learn new things at school too.
• Try not to step in too quickly when your child is finding something hard. Encourage them to take some deep breaths, think it though and try again. Try making suggestions rather than giving the answers
• Talk through problems and arguments they might have with brothers and sisters or friends – why did it happen? What could they try next time?
• Help your child see how decisions they take make a difference – for example if they spend all their pocket money on sweets there won’t be any left for a magazine.
As adults we sometimes struggle with the challenges we face. Your little one will find it hard at times and not always get it right. Give lots of praise for trying and then work with them to come up with a plan to get there in the end.
If your child seems to struggle with following instructions, remembering or understanding how their behaviour affects them and others ask their nursery team for advice. If your child is not at nursery, or you are still worried contact our services on the details below. You can talk to a health professional for advice and support.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.
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