Flip The Script
If you have an inflexible child who’s used to doing things in a certain order and/or has a hard time seeing alternative ways of doing things, try flipping the script on them for practice. For example:
- Ask them to change the order in which they prepare their cereal (pour the milk before adding the cereal or vice versa).
- Change the rules of a game (make the lower hand win in a game of War or go backwards in Monopoly).
- Have your child map out a different route home from school.
These shifts will undoubtedly be uncomfortable for your child at first, but they will begin to see that there are multiple ways of approaching a task. Ultimately, it will open them up to trying new strategies and approaches when the situation calls for flexible thinking.