How Kids Solve Problems Ages 9 to 12

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HOW CHILDREN SOLVE PROBLEMS

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Older children consider peers more important than family at this
age. They’ll watch how their peers solve problems. At about 11
years old, most children become highly auditory-they talk about
problems to solve them. Kids are becoming independent and want to
solve their own problems. However, they’re also changing
physically. They’re entering the transition between childhood and
adulthood. And this can scare them. So one time they believe they
can do anything; the next time they’re not sure if they can do
anything.

WAYS TO RESPOND

Communicate to kids at this age that you recognize and trust
their abilities to solve problems. Tell older children it’s okay to
fail to solve problems because they’ll learn from their mistakes.
Talk with kids about how they’re solving real-life problems, such
as conflict with friends or peer pressure. Provide kids’ Christian
fiction books that provide ways characters have solved problems.
Then talk about the book.

AGES 9 to 12 years

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Jody Capehart is an author and a Christian education consultant
and speaker in Texas.

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