Teen Words On Problem Solving #81

Why do teenagers need problem solving skills?

Problem solving skills are essential to be able to navigate the complex teenage years, and will be needed throughout life. We all have to solve problems every day, in work and social situations. By developing problem solving skills your child will be empowered to:

  • sort out conflict
  • be independent
  • achieve challenging goals
  • make decisions on their own

In prompting the girls to write out their own problem-solving techniques given the following 10 situations, here is what they had to say:

(1)  Is always late.

“Make them hurry or find them after school and make sure they aren’t late to prevent getting into trouble.”

“Set up a timer on your electronic device.”

“Walk with them, encourage them to be on time.”

“Remind them to get here on time.”

“Make them set a timer on their phone.”

(2)  Whispers to others or starts side conversations during discussions.

“Tell them to be quiet.”

“Tell them they won’t get anywhere in cheer.”

“Speak up.” (LOL)

“Ask them to please focus.”

“Tell them to concentrate and make  ’em do a kick or jump alone.”

“Tell them to please stop talking.”

(3)  Gets upset when her recommendations are not followed.

“It’s okay, I thought it was great.  Maybe they’re looking for an easier/harder one, (depending on the moves).”

“Say some encouraging words.”

“Say sorry and maybe next time it would be followed.”

“Tell them it was still a good idea, maybe next time.”

“Ignore or talk to coach.”

“Make a new cheer/chant including what they wanted OR  Find a way to include some parts.”

“Hug them and don’t tell them what people voted on.”

(4)  Hogs the conversation/discussion.

“Walk off.”

“Tell them to let someone else talk.”

“Ask them why or tell them that’s not okay.”

“Ask nicely if you/or someone else can talk for a little.”

(5)  Leaves before practice/game is over.

“Ask them why they left early.”

“Ask them if they can please stay next time; we need them.”

“Ask them why or tell them that’s not okay.”

“Tell them it’s hard on everyone else when they leave early; they miss material that is being taught.”

“Tell them we need them; rely on them.”

(6)  Constantly tells jokes and gets people of track.

“Hey, some of us want to listen, you probably shouldn’t be telling jokes right now; please stop.”

“Tell others not to laugh at jokes.”

“Do 20 push-ups!”  (LOL – I’ve got ’em trained.)

“Tell them to wait, and tell you later.”

“Tell them it’s time to focus.”

“Tell them to please stop!” (This one was written a few times.)

(7)  Refuses to work with another “certain” team member.

“Tell them it won’t affect their life and be respectful.”  Tell them, “Just get to know them.”

“Try it.”

“They’ll just need to get over it.”

“Trade with them, OR try to get to know eachother, like play a game.”

“Tell coach.”

(8)  Won’t share in the leadership role.

“Take leadership yourself.”

“Tell coach privately.”

“This is a TEAM, we work together!”

“Ask them politely to share.”

“Ask them to call off a cheer or do it with them.”

(9)  Falls asleep.

“Wake them up!”

“Wake them up nicely.”

“I would wake them up.”

“Do the beat of a cheer or chant to vibrate floor to wake them up.”

“Ask them to wake.”

(10)  Just sits there.

“Ask them why then encourage them to get up and participate.”

“Encourage them.”

“Tell them to get up and try to get them to have fun!”

“Help them any way you can.”




Problem solving takes courage, effort, and perseverance!




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