Because everything starts with a seed…..
What is a growth mindset?
Maybe Teddy Roosevelt said it best: Believe you can and you are halfway there!
A growth mindset is the belief that if you work hard, you can learn new skills and you can and will become smarter.
The opposite – a fixed mindset, believes that you are as smart as you can ever be.
Children with a growth mindset enjoy challenges and solving problems. They know that mistakes are the way we learn and grow and are seldom permanent. They also know that effort is required to make difficult things easy. What a great foundation for learning!
But mistakes have a way of staying with us and changing our outlook to one of negativity. The best way we can help our children is to give them the tools they can use to overcome their self-doubt and develop that growth mindset:
You could start by watching the story of The Little Red Engine.
He thought he could and he did! Maybe your family could adopt his mantra: I think I can
A growth mindset does not develop without care and feeding! Here are some mantras you could discuss and use:
It’s okay to not know, it’s not okay to not try.
I can do hard things.
I can’t do this YET
I am a problem solver
Don’t stop till you are proud
We all want our children to be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when they need help, and brave enough to ask for it.
A growth mindset will help