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10 Tips to Encourage Flexible Thinking

Nadine Briggs

Most of the kids enrolled in our program have somewhat rigid thinking while socializing. Flexible thinking is not only essential for academic success but also plays a crucial role in building strong and healthy relationships, particularly with friends. When kids can think flexibly, they’re better equipped to navigate the complexities of social interactions, understand different perspectives, and adapt to changing situations—all of which are vital for fostering meaningful and supportive friendships. So, let’s explore some effective strategies to help your child cultivate flexible thinking and thrive in their friendships!

Try New Things:

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try activities you’ve never done before. It helps your brain grow!

Look at Problems Differently:

When you face a problem, try to think of at least three different ways to solve it. You might be surprised at the creative solutions you come up with!

Be a Good Listener:

Listen carefully to what your friends say and try to understand their point of view. It helps you see things from different perspectives.

Play Imaginatively:

Use your imagination to turn ordinary objects into something extraordinary. A cardboard box can become a spaceship, a castle, or even a time machine!

Friendship First:

Understand that it’s better to have friends than to always be right or get your way.

Practice Patience:

Sometimes things don’t go as planned, and that’s okay! Take a deep breath, think flexibly, and come up with a new plan.

Be Open-Minded:

Keep an open mind when you meet new people or encounter new ideas. You never know what you might learn from someone else!

Play Games that Require Strategy:

Play games like chess, puzzles, or strategy video games. They help sharpen your thinking skills and teach you to adapt to different situations.

Learn from Mistakes:

Mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. Instead of getting frustrated, think about what you can do differently next time.

Be Flexible in Play:

When playing with friends, be open to their ideas and suggestions. It makes the game more fun for everyone, and you might discover new ways to play!

By implementing these strategies, you can help your child develop the essential skills of flexible thinking that will serve them well throughout their lives. Remember, every interaction is an opportunity to nurture your child’s cognitive and social development, so embrace each moment with enthusiasm and positivity!

If you have a child/teen/young adult with has difficulty making friends, contact us for a free trial at 978-764-2758 or schedule an intake https://calendly.com/simplysocialkids/let-s-connect

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