The ability to think creatively and generate ideas is a marvelous gift. Children, and many adults, are quick to draw conclusions based on incomplete information. This is how prejudice, in its many ugly forms, first develops. When your child seems to be reaching a conclusion without all the facts, work with them to research the issue before its closure.Getting the facts can be a good tactic for dealing with a variety of frustrating situations. Brainstorming, or freely allowing the brain to mull over a problem, is extremely useful in a variety of situations. Let`s take a simple idea. Your child needs to choose a science project. He has no clue what to choose. He doesn`t know where his interests lie. Take a piece of paper; write the word science in a cloud in the middle and begin the brainstorming. As you discuss the branches of science, begin to draw a brain burst, such as this. From the above it becomes clear that your child wants to do a project on dinosaurs. He will approach the project with enthusiasm and a sense of ownership. In this instance, your child used a simple technique to uncover a forgotten interest or passion. This technique can be used to solve other types of problems. Let`s say it is the beginning of the school year and your child is partnered for a major project with a schoolmate with whom she simply cannot get along. You can use the brain burst to explore her options in trying to fathom this relationship: Try the brain burst. It is a great tool.

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