Encouraging a Growth Mindset with Your Child

Challenges and setbacks are an inevitable part of life. Sometimes we feel like giving up and when we do, it breeds insecurities and regret. With this in mind, it’s important for parents to help their children develop a growth mindset so that they are equipped with the necessary skills to overcome these challenges rather than surrender to them. Telling them to try harder will not get them anywhere. I have teamed up with an independent school in New York to offer some advice.

When challenging situations arise and your child becomes overwhelmed, sit down with them in a comfortable environment and remind them that they have your full support if they need it. Encourage them by telling them that you will be proud of them no matter what the outcome. Try and place value on the process, rather than the end result.

Embrace your child’s imperfections. Teach them that we all fail from time to time, but it should not make us give up. Instead, it provides us with an opportunity to learn and improve. So, if your child gets a bad grade on an exam, don’t be hard on them. Instead, say something like “Is there anything we can do to help you for next time? Are there any study guides you would like me to buy for you?”. This will help them concentrate on methods for improvement, as opposed to moping over what went wrong.

You should also help your child develop a sense of independence and provide them with opportunities to develop new skills by giving them achievable responsibilities around the home. This will show them that you trust their abilities and they will start to learn what they are capable of when they set their mind to something. Praise them for their efforts and for approaching tasks with a positive attitude. This will contribute to their overall confidence and help them become more comfortable dealing with new challenges.

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