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How to generate growth mindset in kids

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Dipti Nair
2019-03-31

Anyone who has spent time with kids know they can be an uplifting source of joy. Children can set-off strong emotions in people that make them smile,laugh,cry, or even just stare in confusion. The unfiltered nature of a child's mind leads them to do and say lots of surprising things, and naturally many folks have some sweet, and moving things to say in return about these kids. 

There are always somethings that every child needs to believe in themselves. When they do, they will prosper. There is a strong way that you, as a parent in their lives can nurture this belief and set them up to learn grow and prosper. Kids need to know that their brains can grow stronger with time and effort. Did you know that you can actually help your kids get smarter?

By teaching kids about something called "Growth Mindset" - you can help them become better Learners, become more Lasting, more Intelligent and Flexible overall!!! Therefore, the most exciting news in the parenting area over the last decade is the discovery of brain plasticity,i.e., the brain is always growing and developing as opposed to it developing and reaching its nadir in a person's layer twenties and then it's all downhill from there. 

Growth mindset is uncharted region in many education settings, but understanding it and effectively building it in kids has become a teaching priority. Kids Mindset can be of two types : 

  • Fixed Mindset
  • Growth Mindset

The effects of mindset are remarkable. Here are some of the big differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A growth mindset fosters motivation. A fixed mindset kills it. When given the choice between a challenging task or an easy task, children with a fixed mindset will be more likely to choose the easy task. Whereas children with a growth mindset will embrace challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to learn and grow. 

Hence, to generate growth mindset in kids being a parent you can follow these steps.

  • Failing in something they tried should not stop them further. It’s important for your child to know that setbacks can actually provide a way forward. Tell your child it’s OK to speak up when something isn’t working.
  • Encourage them.
  • Your positive and natural reaction can promote a growth mindset.
  • Have a conversation about what they learned from their failure.
  • Praising the way kids approach a challenge is key to helping them develop a growth mindset.
  • Teach your kids about the brain and how it learns.
  • Discuss negative and positive self-talks.
  • Help them in setting their goals.
  • Celebrate their mistakes and success.
  • Avoid comparison between your kids and someone else kids.
  • Teach the values of challenges and how to be courageous to face those challenges.
  • Look for opportunities to stretch your child’s capabilities.
  • Give them honest feedbacks. 

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