But if we do it with the little things, they expect it for the big things. And if my son does ask for help, I try to help him with the next step instead of solving the whole problem.
This philosophy works from everything from opening a yogurt to math homework.
I was lucky to be at a college where the psychology major was designed around teaching critical thinking.
The focus wasn’t on facts and figures, but on how to make reasoned decisions — to think critically.
I would hold myself back and more often than not, he would persevere.
But on one particularly frustrating tower building session, my husband said, about how to build a strong structure.
I want to raise children who are critical thinkers — who do not simply accept something put before them.
That when faced with a “truth,” they have more questions than answers. Children who try something in a different way, a new way, maybe a better way.
When I was teaching college students I was often surprised at how little they knew about the process of thinking.
There was a lack of self-awareness when it came to one’s thoughts, how the brain works, how to learn, and how to study.