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Problem Solving

As your child is getting older they can make more sense of the world around them and how relationships and things work. This is an important move towards independence. This builds confidence, self-esteem and the inner strength your child will rely on through life.

Helping your child solve challenges that come up will help them grow their problem solving skills. 

• Talk things through with your child – 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 siblings 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.

Who Can Help?

If your child seems to struggle with following instructions, remembering or understanding how their behaviour affects them and others ask their nursery or preschool team for advice. If your child is not at nursery, or you are still worried contact Just One Number to talk to a health professional for advice and support.

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 the Healthy Child Programme team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

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