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Going beyond the first right answer

Our daughter opened my eyes that day. There could be another right answer to any issue. All we need is an open mind to discover it.

I believe children have this intuitive ability to make these connections. They do it because they are not burdened by the concept of being “right”, or the concept of “the right answer.” Nor or they afraid of being wrong. The best thing any parent or teacher can do is to ensure that the child keeps alive this intuitive ability to connect the dots.

How do we do this? Not very difficult really. Just keep asking “How else can we do this or what else can we try?” And just listen with an open mind. If the child finds that you are keen to explore possibilities and are not laughing at any of the options (because it might seem childish or foolish), she will voluntarily share a lot more interesting stuff.



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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.

2 thoughts on “Going beyond the first right answer

  1. Meera

    Great post Sridhar loved reading it — this will serve as an eye opener to many parents (including myself here), especially the ones who strive for perfection and think there can be only one way…

  2. Ramya Srinivasan

    Children tend to teach us small things every day! Nice post, Sridhar, and so true – in our eagerness to help the child, parents tend to sometime give them too little to figure out for themselves.


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