People used to think that our intelligence was fixed – meaning we were either smart or we weren’t. Scientists have proven again and again that simply is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle – the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) it becomes!
What does a growth mindset look like?
A person with a growth mindset may do these things:
Give their best effort
Learn from feedback
Become inspired by other’s success
Believe their intelligence can change if they work hard
Ways to encourage a growth mindset at home…
Talk about your child’s day by asking questions like “What did you learn that was difficult today?”
Praise the process! Instead of saying “you’re so smart!”, praise effort, goal setting, persistence, or being creative. Say something like “Wow! You must have worked really hard on this!”
Encourage Failure by letting them know failure happens all the time and it is okay! Each time you fail and try again, your brain is growing stronger!
Remind your child that when things are difficult, their brain grows by persisting through the challenge. Each time you learn something new, your brain makes new connections!
Teach them the power of “yet”! Instead of saying “I can’t do this” or “This is too hard”, they should say “I can’t do this yet, but I will keep trying!”