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Critical Thinking: One thing you must do to cultivate critical thinking in your child

A survey by World Economic Forum lists Critical Thinking as one of the top two skills required to thrive. Critical Thinking Skills has found its rank going up in that list over the years. Unfortunately, schools are not providing much opportunities to develop critical thinking skills. What about you? Are you providing enough opportunities for your child to develop and cultivate this skill?

Universities look out for students with critical thinking skills and corporates are giving more importance to creative problem solving skills when they hire new employees. During the teenage years, it is the critical thinking skills that help children to figure out the kind of people they want to hang out with, the kind of habits they want to avoid and the kind of pursuits they want to undertake. That shows how important critical thinking is in every aspect of our lives. The good news is, it is a skill that can be developed.

Where are the Opportunities available to improve critical thinking skills?

Improve critical thinking in children

Education leader Ellen Galinsky lists Critical thinking as one of the 7 essential life skills every child needs in her book Mind the making. The good news is that critical thinking is a life skill that can be cultivated.

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Everyday, your child comes across various opportunities to challenge themselves as well as to figure out how this world works. These are opportunities that present themselves to them to cultivate their critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

Understand your child’s critical thinking skills

Improve critical thinking in children

Does your child think everything they watch on the TV is true? Does your child blindly believe everything their friends say or do they make judgments and conclusions after thinking through it? Whether your child is a kindergartner or a high school student, there are many things you can do to cultivate and support their creative thinking skills. 

The one thing you must do to cultivate critical thinking skills in your child

Improve critical thinking in children

The most important factor that helps creative problem solving is powerful questioning.  It is the questions that define the path of our thinking. What do you ask your child when they come back from school? Do you ask them “How was the school?” or “Did you eat your lunch?” or “What did you learn today?” From today onwards, why don’t you ask them “What questions did you ask today?”

This simple question could prompt your child to understand the importance of asking questions. It will provide inspiration to be not just a learner, but also a thinker and a communicator. Isidor I. Rabi, the Nobel laureate physicist gives credit to this very question by his parents as the reason he had become a scientist. With the ever-increasing population and limited natural resources we have today, critical thinking is not a nice to have skill anymore, it is an essential skill. Your child’s success in their future jobs will depend on how creatively they solve problems.

Do you want to know how you can make thinking more visible to your child? You might be interested in this.

So, what did you ask today?

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Are you looking for a special present for an adorable child? Why don’t you give a present that will leave a lifetime positive impact? When you give The Kidz Parade Edutainment Magazine as a present, you are opening the door to a world of Creativity and Communication. NEW POSTER 6 copy

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About Sindu Sreebhavan

Sindu Sreebhavan is the founder of As Many Minds Minds Pte Ltd and the chief editor of The Kidz Parade Edutainment magazine, Asia's premium publication for cultivating creativity and creative writing in children. Sindu is also the founder of International Youth Leadership and Innovation Forum (IYLIF). With a passion to infuse innovation in education and inject innovative mindset in people, Sindu writes, speaks and consults on innovation and creativity in business and education. She says innovation does not start with invention, it starts with a mindset. “The best gift you can give a child is the power of Confidence, Creativity and Communication” is her tagline. She is passionate about educating educators, parents and children about youth development, youth leadership, education innovation and 21st century education. She supports children, parents, schools and several organisations in these areas.

Sibling rivalry: 5 Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Get Along

As a parent, it hurts when your children don’t get along with each other. It starts with a small problem and then turns into World War Three. Even though fighting among siblings is common, it has been proved that sibling relationship could affect the identities of children even after they become adults. Here are some tips to avoid such sibling rivalry.

1. Don’t Compare your Children

5 ways to reduce Sibling rivalry

When you as a parent compare your children, it is setting up the children against each other. Many experts consider this as one of the prime reasons that trigger sibling rivalry among children. They will continue to resist and build up hatred for their sibling. If you consciously begin to stop comparing them, they will stop having preconceived hate for their sibling.

2. Help Your Children

5 ways to reduce Sibling rivalry

You are a huge force in your children’s relationship with each other. Take the time to figure out the problem when it arises. As an adult, help them understand each other and encourage them to communicate their issues. You do not need to control the situation but you can clear out the misunderstandings.

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3. Know When to Step In

5 easy ways to reduce sibling rivalry

Constantly intervening during the fights can be detrimental to their relationship. It sometimes might not help and cause even more of a problem. When you can sense the fight progressing into a much bigger problem, you need to then intervene and help them.

4. Manage Your Time with Each of Your Children

5 easy ways to reduce sibling rivalry

Sometimes fights erupt from not having enough attention given to each child. As difficult as it maybe, spend time alone with each child and give them your full attention during that time. This way they know that you are available for them as much as you are available for their sibling.

5. Make Sure Your Children Say Nice Things to Each Other

5 easy ways to reduce sibling rivalry

Regularly ask your children what they like about their sibling and make sure they say it to each other. This way they know that their sibling love them regardless of what is said during a fight. It will help to build a good foundation for their relationship.

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The Kidz Parade Magazine 

Are you looking for a special present for an adorable child? Why don’t you give a present that will leave a lifetime positive impact? When you give The Kidz Parade Edutainment Magazine as a present, you are opening the door to a world of Creativity and Communication. NEW POSTER 6 copy

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About Sharanya Venkatesh

Sharanya Venkatesh is a Political Science major. Her passion is in Geography, journalism and law. She enjoys writing about various subject and is part of various theatre productions.

Exams are over and the hectic projects and group studies are taking a break. Are you in the look out for spending some quality time with your child during these holidays? We have compiled the list of 5 must-do holiday activities in Singapore where not just your child, but you can also have a great time.

1. Inter Play at Science Centre Singapore 

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This is a unique experiential exhibition that blends art, science and technology. There are many highlights that refect the interconnectedness of digital technology with our day to day lives. You can  blast off on a journey through the universe or populate an ocean with sea creatures of their own design.

Not to miss highlights of the exhibition are Deep Space, a multi-dimensional space and Kinetic Light Sculpture.

You can collaborate with the artist to create a multi-coloured digital painting based on the movement of a visitor’s silhouette. You can view digital enhancements that bring various artworks to life. You can also create your own multi-coloured digital painting from your silhouette.

Dates: 30 May 2015 – 16 Aug 2015

For more information, visit INTER PLAY .

2. My Favourite 70’s Show

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Are you a 70’s kid? What was your favourite television shows from the 70’s? What are your child’s favourite cartoons? This is a great bonding activity where you can illustrate a storyline with your child and bring it to life on your TV box.

This fun activity is not open every day. The workshop is limited to 30 pairs of parent and child. So, remember to register onsite in advance.

Dates: 30 May 2015 – 27 Jun 2015

For more information, visit My Favourite 70’s Show.

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3. Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh

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Is your child a nature enthusiast? Or do you want to provide a nature experience to your child in urban Singapore? Take a few hours off from the concrete jungle and take a mangrove walk in the natural jungle of Sungei Buloh. You can spot mudskippers, crabs, shellfish, monitor lizards and various bird families here.

For more information, visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Dates: Year round

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4. Children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay

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With separate play areas for all age groups, this is the place you can have a quality time with your family. Bring along your swimming gears and get drenched in the aquatic playzone.

Dates: Year round

For more information, visit Children’s Garden

5. Opera In The Park

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Go with your friends and family for a picnic at the Botanic Garden and watch the opera. Opera in the park is an outreach program that aims to expand the opera experience to a wider audience. The event offers popular favourites from musicals and operas.

Dates: Year round

For more information, visit Opera In The Park.

Have you done any of these holiday activities? What is your feedback?

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The Kidz Parade Magazine 

Are you looking for a special present for an adorable child? Why don’t you give a present that will leave a lifetime positive impact? When you give The Kidz Parade Edutainment Magazine as a present, you are opening the door to a world of Creativity and Communication. NEW POSTER 6 copy

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About AMM Research

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Be patient with the ‘Why’s and the ‘How’s coming out from curious minds

Creativity has been a buzzword for a decade. Before creativity was deemed as important, parents had no idea where to look for information. Today, there is so much information available that parents now have no idea where to begin to satisfy the young curious minds! As a primer to creativity, it is worth taking time to separate the wheat from the chaff – what is creativity and more importantly, what isn’t creativity.

Mention the words “Creative Genius” and most people would think of a lone mathematical genius toiling away at some mathematical proof, or a gifted writer who receives a spark of inspiration and proceeds to write the next New York Times bestseller. Neither of these misconceptions do justice to what creativity really is – a skill. More importantly, a skill that, given the right investment of time and effort, can be strengthened.

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Creative people are curious minds and do not develop their ideas in a vacuum

They pay attention to their surroundings and are intrigued by what they observe. George de Mestral, a Swiss electrical engineer by training, exemplifies this curiosity and attention to detail. After he had returned from a hunting trip with his dog, his curious mind became intrigued by the burrs that were stuck onto the dog’s coat. Examining them under the microscope, the engineer noted hundreds of “hooks” that caught on anything with a loop. This eventually gave him the idea for an invention that everyone is familiar with today – Velcro.

Children are naturally curious and this curiosity should be encouraged

However, the same child-like wonder that led to the invention of Velcro is also the bane of many parents. All too often, parents get irritated by their child’s incessant “whys” and their ire gradually tells children to stop asking so many questions. Next time, if you find yourself on the receiving end of your child’s curiosity, encourage him or her to find the answers. Better yet, make it a bonding activity where the both of you can try to find the answer together. You may not always get a totally satisfactory answer for the curious minds of your child or yours every time, nor would the answer definitely lead to a new innovation. However, the message that is sent to the child is very important: keep taking in the details around you, and never stop being curious.

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The Kidz Parade Magazine 

Are you looking for a special present for an adorable child? Why don’t you give a present that will leave a lifetime positive impact? When you give The Kidz Parade Edutainment Magazine as a present, you are opening the door to a world of Creativity and Communication. NEW POSTER 6 copy

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About AMM Research

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