Hot and Cold Problem Solving

When your teen is calm, they have the ability to problem solve almost as well as an adult. Yay! But read that sentence again: when your teen is calm. Psychologists distinguish between the type of problem solving that happens in a “hot” or stressful situation and a “cold” or relaxed situation. Life is not always cool, calm, and collected, but you can still help your teen realize that they’ll make their best decisions when they’re relaxed. Help them practice problem solving skills while they’re calm and know that building those decision muscles will help when life isn’t calm.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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