What is critical thinking and why is it important that I help my child learn this skill?
Critical thinking is the ability to listen to the information, process it, and make your own choices or opinions based on that. It’s making judgments or choices on information that you have thought about in detail.
Many people have a difficult time taking in information, figuring out what it means, and even harder time trying to make a reasoned decision based on that information.
Why Is it important?
We must teach our children to think critically so they are well prepared to evaluate situations and choices on their own and be able to form logical conclusions, opinions, and choices.
So how do we help our children build and strengthen their critical thinking skills?
Here are a couple of questions to get you started:
1. What do you think about this?
Ask your children what they think about a situation first. As parents, it can be hard to remember to turn to our little human first and ask for their opinion but we should be. What do you think about this? This question gets them thinking. It allows them to take in the information that’s been given to them and process it. It’s like putting together a puzzle. They have to gather the information, closely look at each piece of information they collect and put it all together in a way that makes sense.
So don’t be so quick to come to the rescue or give your child an answer before they’ve had a chance to think about it themselves.
2. What would you do?
Ask your children what they would do in that situation. Again, this gets their mind going. Thinking! You can help them brainstorm if it helps them but don’t do all the thinking for them.
Once they have two or more options or suggestions, have them think through their options to see which seems like it would give them the more desired outcome.
You can help guide them in their choices and reasons for making them by pointing out the pros and cons.
Do this often. Ask them to place themselves in a story you just read about or something a friend did, etc. How would they handle it? What would they do differently? Do they agree with how it was handled?
This is a great critical thinking practice that will help your children with their ability to form opinions and make good, well thought out decisions.
Thank you for reading
(Listening to : When I Grow Up- First Aid Kit)