Conventionally, we think bad decisions and the teen years go hand in hand. However also equally true is the fact that teens are very much capable of understanding, evaluating, foreseeing consequences, analyzing, problem-solving, making decisions, planning, organizing, managing and controlling impulsive reactions emotionally and physically. Do they see reason? How do you encourage your teen to see reason, to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision? Parents constantly grapple with this problem of getting this through their high schoolchildren.
According to a study that we conducted across various schools of Bangalore, we found that only 50% parents said their high schoolchildren (aged 13-16 years) think analytically. This finding also implies that the other 50% of teens don’t critically evaluate a situation and make decisions. You often hear that they trust their “instinct”, but making choices based on it may lead your teen to a dangerous path of chance, gamble and luck. Analyzing a situation allows your teen to grow emotionally and mentally, motivating them to make their own decisions. Peer pressure can be dealt with easily when your teen is inclined to critically evaluating things.
Teens who often think analytically:
- Are self-aware and confident about their capabilities and take the lead in group activities, displaying early leadership qualities.
- Are able to skirt peer pressure and evade the pressure that teens feel to “fit in”
- Perform better academically
Teens who don’t critically evaluate situations:
- Are unable to set clear goals for themselves and have trouble achieving their goals as well
- Usually have very low self-esteem
- They don’t participate enthusiastically in group activities and shy away from the leading a group
How can you encourage your teen to think analytically?
Here’s a parenting tip- Ask your child to always think of what they usually do and how they would like to do it differently. This way, your child will be able to weigh the pros and cons of every step and create methods of doing the same steps differently, but with better results. This act of breaking down the steps helps your child crafting his/her own ways of learning.
Download the Mai app to improve your child’s problem solving skills and also assess your child’s skill in self-awareness.