Kids are innately curious. However, that curiosity is often stripped away from them as they grow up with predefined social norms and structures. Nowadays few schools — such as ones following the Montessori Method of Education — encourage curiosity, but not everyone has access to these renowned educational institutes.
It’s possible to create skills in children that maintain, reinforce, motivate, and uplift their curiosity and confidence in innovating. As parents, we need to serve children with encouragement to cultivate their curiosity. This is when invention finds its place!
Once, children learn how to approach life with an inventor’s mindset — constantly searching for problems and their solutions they’ll make an impact not just in their own communities, but also in the world.
Here are three things you must teach your children to help them choose which problems to solve and gain an inventor’s mindset:
1. Help them develop a problem reservoir.
Encourage your kid to ask questions, challenge everything around them. This will ensure they are always looking for answers and building a reservoir of problems. When your kids least expect it, they’ll try to make a connection to a solution after seeing a billboard, flipping through a magazine, going through websites, or interacting with friends — all because they’re continually working on it.
2. Teach them to reflect on novel / path-breaking ideas.
Expose your kids to novel / path-breaking ideas, and let them revel in those ideas. After children ideate something they like and discuss what’s novel / exceptional about it, show them how to break it down. In other words, find what makes it appear cool and breezy in the most general sense (in simple words). You can motivate them to think counterintuitively to open up new ways of thinking.
Encourage your kids to identify the basic principles out of novelty the moment they start thinking about an idea. Then, they can connect the idea to each of the problems in their reservoir to see how it can help solve them. This skill of breaking down a novel idea and then applying its basic principles to any problem can yield excellent breakthroughs and profound innovations.
3. Create spaces where they can think with deep focus.
It's important to create an environment where your kids can concentrate deeply on their thoughts or problems. Make them aware of the benefits of working in distraction-free spaces. By temporarily removing distractions such as phones, gaming consoles thinkers can dive deeper into their questions and curiosities.
Whether your child chooses to become a great inventor or an artist or a corporate professional, this will help you establish an environment where they can explore. Through an inventor’s mindset, they’ll be able to channel that energy in a highly productive way for the rest of their lives.
The more your children think about and solve problems on their own, the more self-reliant they’ll be.
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