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The way your child reacts to a problem differs from the way you would approach it. Your teen might turn reticent or make a list of advantages and disadvantages, while his/her friend might respond to the same situation by reacting emotionally or the friend might turn reclusive or might burst out with anger. Most adolescents tend to be focused on the “now” and make hasty decisions on how it affects them at the moment. This way of thinking might restrict them in assessing a situation, the risks involved and the consequences. As a result they may make decisions that engage in risky behavior.

According to a study that we conducted across various schools of Bangalore, we found that 27% of the parent said that their high schoolchildren (aged 13-16 years) don’t analyze things through, they don’t critically evaluate while problem-solving. Analyzing situations and your own actions regularly inculcates the ability to withstand peer pressure. Self or situation analysis helps teenagers set certain goals that help them study better and gain more confidence in their capabilities.

Teens who analyze themselves and situations:

  • Usually are more aware of themselves, their likes and dislikes and are more likely to not conform to peer pressure
  • Such teens perform well in subjects that need deductive reasoning like Math and Physics
  • They tend to lead in groups
  • As they are more self-aware, they are more likely to be sure of their choices in career, friends and hobbies
  • Such teens usually look at the long-term consequences of choices they make, which implies they are less likely to take up bad habits and conform to “popular” rends

Teens who don’t analyze things through:

  • Face issues with certain subjects, and have trouble performing well academically
  • May lack leadership qualities, as they tend to be unsure about their actions
  • Such teens might make reckless choices as they tend to neglect the long-term implications and engage in dangerous behavior

How can you help your child develop an analytical mind?

Here’s a parenting tip to help your teen compare the pros and cons in a given situation. Ask your kid to give solutions to a problem that he/she thinks is good or bad and then discuss the solutions critically. This will motivate the child to logically evaluate the solution and the problem, reason with the advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions to one problem.

Download the Mai app to improve your kid’s problem solving skills and also assess your child’s skill in self-awareness.


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