How to Help Kids Succeed: Teach Them How to Solve Problems

By Kathleen Boucher

Do you ever wonder if your children will be successful and have enough money to live?  Who do you know that makes the best living in your circle of friends? Do they have job security? Will there even be job security in the future? What unique talents do your children have?

Read what Oprah Winfrey has to say:

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ”
Oprah Winfrey


Do you believe that your job as a parent is to help your children find what they are uniquely good at? How do you go about doing this? Let’s re-frame this question so that it is easier for you to accomplish. How do you feel about teaching your kids to be creative problem solvers? Together you could look for problems in your immediate environment, school, community, state, province or country to decipher. Start small and with each success gradually work out bigger problems!

What do you think would happen to their self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth and ability to deal with challenges? It would ski-rocket! How would you feel about your parenting skills? Amazing, right!?

The greatest benefit from doing this on a regular basis is the joy of serving others. The universe always pays attention. Your children may invent something that your home town needs to deal with unemployment, the homeless, mental disease or the cost of health care. The sky is the limit when you’ve instilled creativity and unwavering faith in their ability to problem solve; it helps people who is unable to help themselves.

When you teach your kids to become adept at creative problem solving you’ve given them a tremendous opportunity to succeed. Whenever they get stuck, tell them to “sleep on it”. Nine times out of ten the solution will present itself in the morning. Better yet instruct them to always keep a pad of paper and a pen on their bedside table to jot down ideas that come to them when they are half asleep.

Help your children succeed in life. Teach them problem solving skills that highlight their unique abilities while serving others.


Thank you to larm-rmah-216854 for the photo.


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