As you work through a decision making process, verbalize what is happening inside your mind. Taking time to allow your child to navigate problems is integral to developing your child's critical thinking skills in the long run.How can I get the block to balance on the top of this tower?By providing indoor and outdoor space for playing, along with time for pretend play, you provide open-ended opportunities for your child to try something and see the reaction; and then to try something else and see if he can create a different reaction.More on This Topic Whether you’re looking for parenting advice, or trying to figure out how to bring learning from the classroom to the family room, let Bright Horizons early education experts be your trusted, knowledgeable resource.Get our weekly newsletter for all things early child development—from the benefits of pretend play to at-home STEM activities, and teaching kindness—along with encouragement for every stage of your parenting journey.When we self-reflect, we are able to observe how we respond to a situation, in our minds and out loud.Another aspect of becoming a self-critic is acknowledging your strengths, weaknesses, personal preferences and biases.Guiding your child’s critical thinking process can have a positive an impact on her problem solving skills.Here are some tips and ideas to help children build a foundation for critical thinking: I drop a spoon over and over again off the side of a high chair tray or roll two marbles down a chute at the same time?For younger children, patiently readjusting and maneuvering to grasp a toy on their own encourages continued problem solving and develops executive functioning skills.For older children, ask critical thinking questions and provide enough information so they don't get frustrated, but not so much that you solve the problem for them. Rather than automatically giving answers to the questions your child raises, help him think critically by asking questions in return: "What ideas do you have? " Respect his responses whether you view them as correct or not. Tell me why you think that." Use phrases like "I am interested to hear your thinking about this." "How would you solve this problem?