Our brains act like a muscle- the more we use it, the stronger and smarter it gets! There are two approaches to learning, achievement and success.
Fixed Mindset- belief that qualities, such as intelligence, are fixed traits. An example you might hear from your child is “I’ll never be good at math”. This is a fixed mindset! Some more examples of fixed mindset are:
· Avoiding challenges
· Giving up easily
· Ignoring feedback
Growth Mindset- A person who has a growth mindset embraces challenges and believes they can achieve and be successful through hard work and dedication. Examples of growth mindset are:
· Giving their best effort
· Believing they can overcome obstacles
· Learning from feedback
Ways to Encourage growth mindset at home:
· Talk to your child about his or her day. “Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn?” “What did you do that was difficult today?”
· Let your child know that it is ok to fail. Failure provides opportunities for learning!
· Praise the process! “Wow! You have worked so hard on that!”
· Help them change their dialogue: Instead of “I can't do this! It is too hard!” Encourage them to think “I can’t do this yet, but I will keep trying”
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