Tip of the Week

September 12, 2016

Practice flexibility

When it’s clear that a particular strategy is not working well, rather than doubling down and hoping for the best, help your child practice flexible thinking and devise a new approach. For example, if your child is not writing her homework down in her planner daily (or at all), acknowledge that this particular approach is not working and help her come up with a new plan. Perhaps she can create a homework page on the computer that she can more easily access in the front of her binder. Or, maybe an app on her phone, an online calendar, or website will work better for her. There are often many ways to tackle various tasks. Give your child the confidence to turn away from what doesn’t work by helping her to think flexibly and identify a new tactic that will be more effective.