Raising Problem Solvers

Often, I feel less than qualified as a homeschool mom….

However, one thing I do well, is to prioritize raising up problem solvers. I make it my goal each day and long-term, to teach my children to push through problems toward multiple solutions. Regularly, they hear the words, “How can we problem-solve this?” And, “What are some solutions we could come up with for this situation?” You see, I believe that problem solving is a learned skill, not some magical gift that one day just falls upon us.

When I look at the young adults I interact with day to day in the service industry, I realize that so many have a difficult time solving even the simplest issues. I thrive on finding opportunities to help people push through the struggles they may face – whether with a receipt or an exchange, a substitution at a restaurant or ordering something off menu. When a service associate tells me, “I can’t”, the hairs on the back of my neck bristle, and I move in for my teaching moment. Don’t worry, I am always kind about it. But I do enjoy coaching people into the next solution!

Throughout our school day, we often refer to our educational mission, which is hanging in our school room:

We ARE energetic self-starters, who can be creative, work independently, and SOLVE PROBLEMS.

Educational MantraIn any industry, not just the service industry, these are most often the qualities that help a person thrive and experience success in their work. Of course it is not an exhaustive list, but rather a list of building blocks. For my family, we are laying a foundation for a solution-oriented approach to work and learning.

What are some of the building blocks you might add to this list?  Or would you scrap the whole thing and go a different direction?  Are there skills you find yourself revisiting over and over?

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