Encouraging Children to Develop a Growth Mindset
What Does it Mean to Have a Growth Mindset?
A growth mindset is the belief that with hard work, dedication, and effort, any goal can be achieved. Developing this mindset early in life provides a foundation of motivation, positivity and resilience which will help children build confidence and achieve success.
How to Foster a Growth Mindset in Children:
- Focus on Effort Not Outcome: Celebrate the effort, hard work, and determination to overcome any challenge, rather than the outcome or result.
- Encourage Risk Taking: Allow children to take risks and try new things that may lead to mistakes and failures, but also open up new opportunities for growth.
- Model a Growth Mindset: Talk to children about how you learn from your failures and mistakes, and how those failures can lead to greater successes in the future.
- Rewards System: Build a rewards system with your children to reward them for taking on a challenge and staying persistent despite any mistakes they may make.
- Encourage Practice: Set the expectation that the more time and effort children put in to learning something new, the better they will become.
Developing a growth mindset in children gives them the belief and confidence that any challenge is achievable. To foster this mindset, it is important to focus on effort not outcome, encourage risk taking and practice, model a growth mindset and build a rewards system.