Psychologists have concluded after various studies that comparing instructions is the first step towards identifying the best course of action. What if you don’t encourage your child to compare and explain instructions given to him/her? In that case your child may not figure out what is best for him when left alone. Still, at the age of 14, he would struggle to make decisions: French fries or burger for lunch? He was even indecisive with the clothes he wanted to pick out.
In June 2017, our team conducted a study in the children of age group of 6 to 10 years. The study aimed at understanding if children can compare the set of instructions given for different tasks. It looked into the outcome when children could compare successfully between set of instructions.
The outcome of the study recorded a result that showed only 81% of the children are able to compare the set of instructions given to them while doing tasks.
Why shouldn’t the kids be unstructured?
“Set of instructions are not always helpful, the child can act unprompted too”, can be your perspective. However, it is wise to understand that acting on impulse doesn’t help always.
- What if your son neglected your advice and sneaked into the ice cream parlor, when strolling with his grandpa? He might choose the flavor that can cause sore throat, over the plain vanilla.
- When children compare the instructions they make the right choices.
What happens when the child cannot differentiate or associate a set of instructions?
- Comparing the instructions lets the children analyses what is apt. They analyze the right food choices, when healthy and unhealthy foods are displayed before them.
- The competency to differentiate is enhanced. This can help them to manage weight in a healthy way.
- Comparing any set of instructions help them making the right choice, throughout the life.