8 Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset Examples and How to Help Kids Improve

8 Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset Examples and How to Help Kids Improve

These eight growth mindset and fixed mindset examples, featuring kids, can help you determine which mindset your child has and how to help them improve. “I can’t do it!” “I’m stupid!” “Why should I even try?” Any parent who hears these words from their child inevitably feels helpless knowing their child’s self-view is so negative….

The Difference Between Praise and Encouragement in Parenting and Why it Matters
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The Difference Between Praise and Encouragement in Parenting and Why it Matters

Encouragement is more effective than praise in guiding kids’ mindset and behavior. Here’s why: We want our children to feel how proud we are of them because, after all, we’re proud when they do their best or achieve a goal. But how can we communicate our admiration in a way that expresses our true sentiments…

Kids Don’t Want Perfect Parents, They Just Need Real Ones
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Kids Don’t Want Perfect Parents, They Just Need Real Ones

Trying to be a perfect parent for your child can actually do them more harm than good. Here’s why imperfect parents make the best parents for kids’ emotional health. “Mom, it was pajama day today and I was the only one not wearing pajamas!” my daughter exclaimed moments after descending from the school bus.  Her…

How to Raise Kids Who Are Motivated to Work Hard on Their Own
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How to Raise Kids Who Are Motivated to Work Hard on Their Own

Each child is born with strong internal motivation. The question is, why do some kids retain it while others don’t? And what can parents do to protect it? Somewhere along the way, often by kindergarten, this intrinsic motivation disappears in many kids, but it doesn’t have to.

How to Help Children Cope With Failure
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How to Help Children Cope With Failure

Inside: Tips and insights about how to help your child cope with failure while still encouraging them to keep trying.  “You can do it!” I yelled, hands cupped around my mouth, as my daughter swam toward a float 100 yards offshore. This was our third summer spending a week at a rustic lake-side camp up…