1. Teach them to figure things out by not blurting out the answers for them. Give them time to think.
2. Encourage them to ask questions. Inquisitive children learn to enjoy thinking when they are able to do so without being rushed or made to feel that their questions are a waste of your time.
3. Praise effort, not just correct answers. A child who is given praise
for trying will try even harder, especially when he/she knows they do not have to be right all the time. This is very similar to learning to enjoy the sport without having to win all the time.
4. Provide chores and value their completion, not perfection. Three jobs done well is much more of an accomplishment than one done perfectly. Chores teach them a work ethic and will force them to have to think about what they are doing.
5. Make sure that they have times that they have to make their own entertainment. No TV, no electronics and no phone allows time for thought.
Kids today spend entirely too much time “mindlessly” scrolling.
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Teach children how they should live and they will remember it all their life. Proverbs 22:6 Good News Translation