Enсоurаging a Grоwth Mіndѕеt іn your children.

What is a Growth mindset?

From a growth mindset perspective, it is believed that most basic skills and abilities can be honed through dedication and hard work. While having a superior intelligence and talent may give one a good head start, the key to success lies in the passion for learning and self-improvement and most important of all maintaining resilience in the face of setbacks.

Knowing the difference between a Grоwth Mіndѕеt and Fixed Mindset 

People with a fixed mindset are of the perspective that they are only able to achieve success if they are talented or smart, and that these traits are part of their natural abilities. They might classify themselves as being weak in an area and give up without bothering to try hard. A person with a growth mindset however believes that hardwork and sheer determination would allow them to achieve success and is motivated to constantly seek self-improvement despite failure.

Research has shown that children with growth mindsets are likely to push themselves harder to excel even after a reward or praise is given compared to children with fixed mindsets who become slaves to praise. Likewise, children with growth mindsets are more likely to perservere through the entire learning process compared to their peers.

Why is having a growth mindset important for children?

As children grow up, they are constantly facing challenges in learning and adapting. Two main areas are the academic and social requirements both in school and at home. Having a growth mindset can help your children improve their independence, self-confidence and self-reliance in the face of challenges. Emerging stronger after every setback is what we want in our children and hence the type of feedback from parents and teachers play a crtical role in facilitating this. Parents are a child’s first teacher and hence they usually exert the strongest influence on them.  Developing a growth mindset at a young age is also important as what we experience as children is usually socially and emotionally imprinted in us till adulthood hence the earlier they experience these personal victories, the better it would set them up for life.

6 Tips to encourage a growth mindset in your children:

  1. Educating your child on how the brain grows with hard work and even mistakes leads them to be more determined to persevere and learn from setbacks.
  1. Letting your child know that while being smart and talented is a good thing, it does notguarantee imminent success if there is no hard work. Likewise, equal success can be achieved without talent through hard work and determination.
  1. Encourage your child to enjoy the learning process. While there are ups and downs in the process, the most important thing is to stay focused and be encouraged by your success and equally motivated by your setbacks to push harder.
  1. Embracing failure and being resilient in the face of challenges. Children learn when they fail and the key lies in how they perceive failure and it can either motivate them or make them give up. Thus parents and teachers play a huge role in guiding and supporting them.
  1. Leveraging on peer participation and collaborative learning can allow children to learn better as they are immersed in a topic and allowed to discuss and interact with their peers. They tend to learn quicker in such situations and with greater enthusiasm.
  1. Giving constant constructive feedback to your children is important. While children may dislike hearing negative feedback, it is still essential to communicate their shortcomings or wrongdoings to them in order for them to be aware and learn from it. By seeking self improvement, they will be able to gradually nurture a growth mindset.

Alternative ways to promote a growth mindset in your children

Given that every child is unique and responses to challenges in different ways, it may  take time for parents to promote a growth mindset in their children as well as assess the effectiveness of their methods. Parents can consider sending their children to specialized professionals with tried and tested methodologies to develop the growth mindset. The Little Executive (TLE) approach is one such methodology whereby growth mindset development is one of the key three pillars to help develop children holistically based on scientific reasearch and years of experiences from teachers, parents and therapists. More information can be found here