Umbrella Project – Cognitive Flexibility – December Focus
This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child?
Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing.
With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty. Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships.
This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain
COGNITIVE FLEXIBILITY TIP #1
Success isn’t all about getting serious.
Positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and focus at school. How does this happen? Cognitive flexibility! The handy dandy skill can be increased just by using a little humour. Use this month to focus on having some good family laughs before getting started on homework or trying new things. It’s easy to get really serious about our child’s future success and what they need to accomplish in order to get there.
Unfortunately, the stress of this approach can actually move them in the opposite direction of the success they were hoping for.
This month, laugh a little more as you help your child through the struggles of picky eating, exam time or learning a new skill. Try telling a few jokes back and forth to set the tone for learning. You may find this approach makes everybody more flexible.