Positive problem solving is an essential factor to building resilience in young children. Critical thinking, self-control, planning, persistence, and logical reasoning skills help kids solve problems and make appropriate decisions.

Grown-ups can help little ones build these skills during everyday moments.

Share this short video with caregivers. You might host a discussion or workshop around the four strategies highlighted in the video.

  • Connect – create an environment in which children feel safe to try
  • Identify – help kids express the problem in their own words
  • Think – encourage kids to consider many different solutions
  • Try – cheer kids on and let them know that sometimes we have to try, and try again

You might also share resources like Teaching Belly Breathe and Elmo’s School Friends to help caregivers put these strategies into practice.