February 19, 2018

How to Promote a Growth Mindset Within Your Child | Your Weekly Juice Episode 31

Your Weekly Juice Episode 31

Raising Confident Children

Continuing with my theme of raising confident children, in today’s Weekly Juice I show you how to promote a growth mindset within your child versus a fixed mindset. This is the work of the positive psychology researcher, Dr. Carol Dweck who goes into depth on this topic in her amazing book, Mindset. Through Dr. Dweck’s research, we know that children who have a growth mindset do better, achieve more and persevere through obstacles. All of these items will set them up for success.

Raising Confident Children

Here is one simple thing you can do that can help your child shift their thinking into a growth mindset.

Process Praise vs. Person Praise

When it comes to rewarding your child for accomplishing great things, remember to praise the process not the person. Person-centered praise is when you praise by labelling your child. For example, when your child gets a high mark on a math test, saying something like “You are brilliant! You are a genius!” is person praise. Now you are sending the message to your child that they are only those things because they did well. Person praise could promote a fixed mindset because you are attributing the outcome to them being smart – a fixed trait. In future, your child may shy away from approaching something challenging if they don’t think they will show up ‘brilliant’ or ‘genius’ because they always want to look good in your eyes.

To promote a growth mindset, you want to use process praise. That is, praising the hard work, the strategies they used and the resources they leveraged. This attributes the outcome to something they did – which promotes the idea they can do it again. It also takes the focus off of the outcome. The reason for this is because we know from all the academic literature it is not smarts or IQ that leads to success, it’s hard work and grit. You want to let your child know that with hard work and determination they are capable of achieving anything they set their mind to, helping improve their self-confidence.

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