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Problem Solving - Parent 2



Your child is participating in classroom activities focused on learning how to solve problems in a positive, non-disruptive way.

Definition: Problem solving means finding solutions to difficult problems or situations. It means finding a positive solution to an unexpected problem or event. It means defining what the problem is, identifying what the cause of it is, thinking of solutions and putting the solution in place.

We would love for you to keep the discussion going at home! Here are just a few ideas to help get the conversation started:

  • What are some problems you face at school? Home?
  • What are some steps you can take to help you solve your problem?
  • Review the steps used in positive problem solving:
    • Define the problem – What problem are you trying to solve?
    • Brainstorm ideas – What are some ways to solve the problem?
    • Decide on a solution – What are you going to do?
    • Implement the solution – Try your solution.
    • Review the results – Did you successfully solve the problem?


Role play the following situations with your child.

  • You are at Walmart and you find $20 on the floor. What should you do?
  • You want to go out with friends, but your parents have told you no. Your friend calls and tells you to sneak out of the house. What should you do?
  • Dad tells you that you must come home right after school and start your homework. Dad isn’t home when you get there and you really want to watch a movie. What should you do?