Preschoolers who can solve their own problems feel confident and enjoy learning. They are willing to make mistakes and learn from them. You can help by:

  • Pointing out that it takes time to learn something new. Explain that learning takes a while and practice will make it better.
  • Remind your child that problems help “grow brains”. Remind your child that he or she knows how to do lots of thing by practicing.
  • Work with your child to think of three ways TO SOLVE A PROBLEM. Talk about each one and then have your child pick one to try out.
  • Let you child know that you believe in him or her. Say “Do you think you can solve that problem on your own? I think you can. What do you want to do first?”
  • Point out your own mistakes as part of life and learning. “Uh-oh, I spilled my water. Spills happen. Next time I won’t put my glass where my elbow can bump it”