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How to teach your child to overcome obstacles

Teaching our children to overcome obstacles is something all us parents should do. Whether at school, within their social circle or with regards to their goals, your child will likely face some kind of obstacle in their life. By teaching them how to respond and bounce back from them, you can help them to lead an independent and happier life. We have teamed up with a private school in North London to share ways that you can help your child to overcome their obstacles below.

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Find their “Why” to overcome obstacles

There are reasons why we set out to do the things that we do. Our internal motivations. Finding out which theirs are can help them when faced with obstacles as it can renew their passion and determination. By encouraging them to set goals from the beginning, they can have something to refer back to when things get difficult. Whenever they feel discouraged, they can look at why they started and where they have got to since. It’ll really help them to overcome obstacles they face.

Solve problems together

To overcome obstacles, you don’t always need to work harder. Sometimes you just need to think a little differently and “outside of the box”. You can train your child to think in this way by encouraging them to play problem solving games that allow them to practice the skill. Games like traditional board games, scavenger hunts and more!


Practice is key for mastering anything. While you may want to always be there as a support for your child, giving them the opportunity to experience something difficult can help them to get used to the feeling and learn how to overcome it.

Be a role model to help them overcome obstacles

The example that you set your child is what they will learn from and likely try to emulate. If you’re a pessimistic person that gives up easily, it can rub off on them just as if you were to be optimistic and determined.

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