Inside: Use these growth mindset quotes to inspire both you and your children to work hard, not give up, and to recognize that challenges and failures can be turned into opportunities.
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Does your child show signs of having a “fixed mindset”, or rather, a self-image that his or her intelligence and creative ability are static and can’t be changed?
People who adopt a fixed mindset tend to avoid challenges, can’t handle mistakes, and as a result, they don’t enjoy learning.
But with a growth mindset, kids and adults see challenges, mistakes and even failures as opportunities to grow. These people believe that intelligence isn’t fixed at birth but is obtained through hard work.
While some children naturally adopt a growth mindset, others need a little nudging. And sharing growth mindset quotes can be a great way to introduce kids to growth mindset concepts and ideas.
The following memes are some of the most popular growth mindset quotes, including a few from Carol Dweck, the originator of the term “growth mindset” and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Another great way to instill a growth mindset in kids is by reading books with growth mindset themes. See my list here: 14 Children’s Books That Promote a Growth Mindset
Want to learn more about growth mindset as a concept and how to help your children adopt one? Check out: Encouraging a Growth Mindset: Resources for Parents.
12 Growth Mindset Quotes for Parents and Kids
“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” – Carol Dweck
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
“So what should we say when children complete a task—say, math problems—quickly and perfectly? Should we deny them the praise they have earned? Yes. When this happens, I say, “Whoops. I guess that was too easy. I apologize for wasting your time. Let’s do something you can really learn from!” – Carol Dweck
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
These cards are delivered as a digital PDF and can be:
- A reference during the school day when placed on a ring in your child’s backpack
- Reminders at home when taped to a mirror or tacked to a bulletin board so kids see them each time they pass by
- An interactive family exercise when kids or parents can pick two or three cards from a bowl and read them out loud as a daily reminder.
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“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“Just because you haven’t found your talent yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have one.” – Kermit the Frog
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
“Just because some people can do something with little or no training, it doesn’t mean that others can’t do it (and sometimes do it even better) with training.” – Carol Dweck
“Every mistake you make is progress.” – Unknown
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could go right.” – Unknown
The Big Life Journal empowers children to face challenges head-on, think positively, embrace mistakes, and know they can achieve anything!
Featuring a new and interesting topic every week, the Big Life Journal develops strong social and emotional learning and growth mindset skills through inspiring stories, colorful illustrations, and engaging guided activities.
With plenty of room to draw and write on each page, the Big Life Journal lets kids work at their own pace as they reflect, learn, and grow. Through stories, kids will be inspired by the failures and successes of people like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney, and others.
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