Changing your "Growth Mindset"

Mind shifting tips for cultivating a frowth mindset at home.

In this newsletter, we will offer tips for cultivating a growth mindset at home.

1. Help your child reconnect with a time they learned something new that was a challenge to them. Point out the developmental nature of "getting good" we all go through the process of making mistakes, practicing and then improving.

2. Help your child get curious about mistakes. Help your child bu using the mistake as new information or as a step in the process of learning. Help them incorporate self-correction in their own learning process. Share your experiences.

3. Help your child learn to hear their own "fixed mindset voice." Share their own statements with them. Most children are unaware of this self talk because it has gone on for so long and is subliminal. Examples: Buddy is so smart, he never studies. I got it wrong again...I'll never get this.

4. Help your child talk back to negative self-talk with a growth mindset voice. Practice makes perfect., I will get it. It will take practice and hard work.

5. Model growth mindset at the table. At dinner, tell your child about a time when you didn't know the answer to a recent question. Who did you ask for help? How did you learn the answer? At breakfast, ask questions about their opportunities for learning and growth in the coming days. What questions do they need answers to?

6. Avoid labels and give growth mindset praise. Don't label yourself in ways that model a "fixed mindset" Examples: I am a terrible cook, I am not good at math. Shift your child's attention to process that led to outcome. Examples cause and effect. Praise and value effort, practice, self correction and persistence. Don't shelter your child from a failed task. Ask "What can you learn from this experience? What could you try differently the next time.

7. Get curious about your child's work through questioning. How did your figure that out? What's another way you could have done that? How many times did you try before it turned out that way?