In this instant communication world, children can conveniently look up information. Alexa, Siri and Google provide quick and easy answers, yet they cannot encourage independent thinking and creativity. Both of these skills become necessary as adults, helping with problem-solving as well as social and emotional development. How, then, do parents in this modern age continue to foster cognitive growth and encourage out-of-the-box ideas? Here are some suggestions that might promote critical thinking.
Unplug the Tech
It’s okay for them to be “bored”. Try to turn off technology for a set amount of time each day. Kids need both. Watching Elmo or Sofia the First isn’t problematic until they can’t live without it. Pull out puzzles. Let them explore a book. Dig out some building blocks. Spend some time showing them how to play. Afterwards, allow your little ones to figure it out by themselves. These activities focus on concentration … Read More