Why Looking for the Right Answer is Not the Answer
Recently, we've heard a lot of good things about “open-ended play” where the focus is on the process and not necessarily on finding the “correct” answer. Of course, not obsessing about searching for one and only one “right” answer is good for our children's development. (It’s pretty good for us grown-ups, too.) But we all know that sometimes there is clearly a right answer -- and some wrong ones. But at Tiggly, we don't focus on asking, "What's the right answer?" Instead, we ask, "How can we arrive at the correct answer and what are the different ways we can solve the problem?"
Placing too much emphasis on defining the “right” answer makes us fearful of mistakes; it distracts us from enjoying the process of learning. Asking "how” rather than “what” gives your child permission and the courage to try new things, make mistakes, and – most importantly – learn from those mistakes. There are so many problems in the world that no one has solved yet. Encourage your child to be among those who try, fail, and try again to discover those new solutions.
Tiggly kids are stretchy learners. They care about the process even more than they care about the answer. Encourage your kids to be “stretchy” by supporting them to try new things and by not judging them when they make mistakes.
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