Raising Independent Thinking Children
By Andrew Loh
..."The process of being able to think on your own, without someone else guiding you." - NDT Resource Center
Independent thinking is an intricate method of creating meaning of the
ambience around us, based on both internal and external observations and
experiences. This occurs without relying on other people's help or
opinion. Independent thinking provides you an innate ability to depend
on your own judgments and inferences. You can do this even though they
are dissonance with what others will say or feel.
Independent thinking signifies performing something according to your
own beliefs and opinions. To develop independent thinking, one must act
and do. Just reacting to a certain situation may not suffice. It takes
some time for your child to build independent thinking skills. When you
children grow and reach teen age, they will be very curious to inquire
and challenge the systems and beliefs they once actively used. They used
to live in a world that created everything for them especially from
their parents; in fact, parents were their sole support for satisfying
all needs and requirements.
With an increasing age, your children may need to start thinking on
their own because they will not have their parents' support when they go
to their schools. Outside their home, children need to act on their own,
work with their own efforts and respond to differing situations with
their own conviction. Children should develop their own ideas and
cool-headed while solving different problems. Independent thinking is
highly advantageous to children because it can protect them from
apparently dangerous situations.
The right type of independent thinking skills are necessary as skewed or
flawed independent thinking skills could be counter-productive. Being an
independent thinker will lead to road of many opportunities. The act of
being an independent thinker is encouraged by several factors. Very high
self-esteem or self-image is the two characters that separate an
ordinary thinker from an independent one.
The characteristics of an independent thinker
Some of the positive characters of an independent thinker are as
Persistence: Independent thinkers will never leave un-finished tasks. In
other words, he or she will show utmost dedication to finish any given
task. In essence, independent thinkers are workhorses with a focused
Self-belief: Independent thinkers believe in themselves and in their
abilities to perform to the best of skills and effort. Self-belief comes
from their mind and it is often very strong.
Confidence: The level of confidence is very high between independent
thinkers. High confidence also means an ability to tackle any critical
situation with a stout mind.
Determination and motivation: Independent thinkers are examples of
determination and motivation. They display very high levels of
determination, when they are working on any type of classroom projects
Self-awareness: Independent thinkers are aware of what goes on around
them. This self-awareness quality will protect them from unforeseen
dangers and emergencies.
Above all, independent thinkers can achieve the most difficult tasks as
they can separate good from the bad, and bad from the worst. Independent
thinking will also help children score better in their classroom. They
tend to perform better in quizzes, discussions and debates while their
independent nature will assist them in help others in learning in an
Children are constant learners. They keep learning new concepts, hone
new skills and absorb new knowledge throughout the day. However,
learning could become more productive when children use their power of
reasoning to relate information and facts together or solve problems by
using their power of imagination and deduction.
Children need independent thinking to perform better both in their
classroom and out of it. Independent thinking is a governed by a new
domain that provides children many opportunities to design and create a
new set of ideas and standards on how one can perceive the world around
them. This mode of thinking also provides time and dimension to evaluate
any given situation, crisis or challenge.
Children can realize a number of benefits from thinking on their own and
in an independent manner:
Assess positive and negative sides to any
Make an analysis why a given choice is not always the
How to say no and veer away from a given scenario.
out of the box and think in a different manner.
Think out of the box
by taking control of the mind.
Independent thinking is a norm for the modern world that is extremely
competitive. If you want your child to succeed in a problematic world,
then you will need to try hard to make your child think in an
independent manner. Continue to read
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