Help your children develop a growth mindset

Promoting a Growth Mindset in Your Children

Posted on September 27, 2018 : Posted in Legacy Academy, Parenting Tips

Help your children develop a growth mindset

The buzzword, growth mindset, is a new phrase currently impacting conversations on education; but, it is much more than a throwaway phrase. In fact, a growth mindset is one of the single most important factors in a student’s success. As parents, we have significant influence over our children’s mindset, and there are key ways we can promote this essential trait. Today we will explore more about what a growth mindset is, how it helps your children, and what you can do to encourage it.

What is a Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset is a description of how a child feels about their own abilities. If a child has a growth mindset, they believe that they can and will grow in their abilities through effort and perseverance. It is opposed to a fixed mindset, in which a child feels that he or she is either good or bad at a skill and that nothing will really change that fact. An essential part of a growth mindset is a healthy view of failure and mistakes. A child with a growth mindset may feel discouraged, but they will understand that the right kind of effort will eventually lead to achievement.

Why Is a Growth Mindset Important?

A growth mindset is essential to a child’s continued learning and self-image. A child who believes that he or she can grow or learn will pursue opportunities to gain knowledge or skills. In other words, they will not shy away from a challenge. On the other hand, a child with a static or fixed mindset is often anxious or give up when things get hard. Because they believe that their ultimate success is based on their current skills and abilities, they assume that if something is challenging, they cannot overcome it.

How to Encourage a Growth Mindset

There are many ways a parent encourages a growth mindset in children. Firstly, showing a willingness to challenge yourself is essential. When your child sees you trying new things, facing your own fears, and not quitting when things get hard, they will follow in your footstep. Secondly, the way you respond to mistakes, both in yourself and others, is vital. Giving grace, apologizing, and starting over again are useful skills for your child to see you practice. Thirdly, giving your family the opportunity to face challenges together is a fun and exciting way to take on a growth mindset. Tackle a ropes course, run a fun run together, or start a project as a team. It will provide ample opportunities for you to model belief in yourself and your children.

Words Are Important

Negative self-talk and criticism are great enemies of a growth mindset. At the same time, so is praise that focuses on actions or traits rather than capabilities. Praise your child’s efforts and focus on the benefits of your child’s hard work. Examples of what to say include the following:
• Wow, you studied hard, and you did better on this week’s test than you did last week!
• You moved more slowly this time and you were able to make your tower three blocks higher!
These statements show that you are focusing on growth rather than accomplishment.

All of us have a combination of growth and fixed mindset. In some ways, we have great confidence in our ability to change and achieve more. In other areas, we shut down in the face of adversity and struggle to believe in ourselves. The most essential way we can help our children form a growth mindset is to work on ourselves. The more we gently coach ourselves and learn to give grace, the more likely it is that our children will follow suit. If you are looking for a childcare facility that promotes a growth mindset and encourages children to reach their full potential, please contact Legacy Academy Woodruff Road. We would love to tell you more about our unique curriculum.