Children Who Give Up Easily - Two Minute Tidbit Tips

February 07, 2020

In today’s Two Minute Tidbit Tip, Dr. Selznick discusses how to help children who give up easily when confronted with difficult problems.

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  • Stanley Sterenberg
    June 18, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    As a former teacher, I once created a poster with the following message: "The answer to the question 'What do you think' is not allowed […] Read MoreAs a former teacher, I once created a poster with the following message: "The answer to the question 'What do you think' is not allowed to be 'I don't know.'" This was an attempt to steer students away from the "knee jerk" -- "I don't know" -- response. It's important to recognize, however, that the genesis of that response is one of the most universal of all human reactions -- the fear of embarrassment. And so the task, for those interacting with "I don't know" kids, is to provide a "safe" environment for listening to, and valuing, any other response. Telling people what we think makes us vulnerable -- and so that trust needs to be honored! Read Less

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    • Ever wise. My only push back is that I see many kids, starting at a very young age, where it seems by observation of how they […] Read MoreEver wise. My only push back is that I see many kids, starting at a very young age, where it seems by observation of how they handle a problem or task, that there is a type of impulsivity to their thought process/response. I think with good individual tutoring/training (over time), they can be trained to wait a few seconds before responding, and to practice, "hmmm, let me think about it." For the kids I see this is enormously challenging and it turns into nagging on the parent part which then shuts the child down even more. It's a very challenging dynamic as you note. thanks for the check in. Always like to get your input. Read Less

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