Getting your child to have a growth mindset

Friday, April 8, 2022 1:41 pm
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Last week, we talked about how you can help your kids enjoy school by getting them out of their comfort zone.

This week Craig Hunter, from Rehoboth Christian College, joined Mike to explain how we can encourage our kids to have a growth mindset. It’s teaching our kids “How can I learn, how can I do better by just practice and I can master things if I put my mind to it.”

A child with a fixed mindset might think: “I’m bad at maths. I don’t understand it and never will. No point even trying.” But in recent years, research has shown that we all have the capacity to learn and grow if we put in persistent effort. When a reporter asked Thomas Edison, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophe.”

So it is important to be mindful of the language we use around our kids. For example, praise your kids for their effort even if they didn’t het the outcome they hoped for. If your child is struggling with something, help them understand how they can improve. “Feedback is one of the best ways kids can learn.”

Does your child have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset? Share your thoughts by texting or messaging us on socials. Listen to the full chat below!

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