How to Help Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset
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Growth mindset: knowing that your abilities and mindset aren’t fixed.
If you have a growth mindset you know that the effort you put in is going to grow their abilities and their brains.
Fixed mindset: if you get a bad grade, you decide you are dumb, at least in that area.
They buy into the idea that this is how they are and there is nothing they can do about it.
Growth mindset: if you get a bad grade, you know that you can change your effort level.
It can kind of get cemented into us that a certain thing is or isn’t our thing.
Even if you haven’t seen a lot of success with a certain thing, growth mindset means that you believe in your ability to improve.
Mistakes Help Us Learn
We want to transform the way we look at failure and mistakes. We sometimes hide our mistakes from our kids; but it is helpful to show our kids our failures and mistakes.
We need to look at failures a different way. We can teach our kids that making mistakes and failing means were trying new things.
Praise effort, not Outcome
We can also change the way we praise our kids.
Instead of praising them for their smarts, we can praise their efforts.
When kids feel trapped in a certain label, it can make them afraid to take risks, because they don’t want to shatter the expectations.
When you make a mistake in front of your kids, and your child can see it, you can refrain from making excuses and instead turn it around and show what you learned from your mistake.
School and Growth Mindset
When kids are in school, parents can rethink the way they think about grades. Aim for growth, not grades.
Instead of focusing on grades, use the grades as an opportunity to teach your child about growth.
Does your child feel like they are learning and growing? What are they doing to improve between the last test and this test?
Those conversations help to continue growth mindset.
Lifelong learning is the ultimate goal. When we are lifelong learners, we show that example to our kids and it will inspire our kids to do that themselves.
Encourage kids to do things they are passionate about.
Have conversations about learning. Value the learning environment at home. That can help children decide to help learning long after school is over.
A lot of these things are things you can do for free and you can work on them one step at a time. Try to tackle one little bit at a time so that you don’t get overwhelmed.