a Growth Mindset exercise to encourage
celebrating achievements and failures
As most of the schools are rounding off another turbulent school year, let’s have a look at our superpowers. These are powers that saw us through the ups and downs of the daily school routine, on- and offline.
Celebrating your child’s success is a great way to nourish and encourage their progress, growth and superpowers!. No matter how big or small, by praising the achievement and failures, we can unlock powerful tools to support and connect with our kids in their continued development.
“Mindsets—children’s belief about whether their intelligence is just fixed or can grow—can have a large impact on their achievement and motivation,”
A recent study from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological ScienceParents’ shows that ‘beliefs about whether failure is a good or a bad thing guide how their children think about their own intelligence’. The research indicates that it’s parents’ responses to failure, and not their beliefs about intelligence, that are ultimately absorbed by their kids.
“Mindsets—children’s belief about whether their intelligence is just fixed or can grow—can have a large impact on their achievement and motivation,” explains psychological scientist Kyla Haimovitz of Stanford University, first author on the study. “Our findings show that parents can endorse a growth mindset, but they might not pass it on to their children unless they have a positive and constructive reaction to their children’s struggles.”
“It is important for parents, educators, and coaches to know that the growth mindset that sits in their heads may not get through to children unless they use learning-focused practices, like discussing what their children could learn from a failure and how they might improve in the future,” says Haimovitz.
In this exercise we encourage the kids (and parents) to focus on themselves and their physical talents and personal skills and achievements so far. This positive focus point allows for the release of the ‘happy hormones’, the building blocks for the feel-good feeling. Something we all could do with after completing another (bumpy) school year.
It is also part of our customised Growth Mindset training for kids, DreamCatcher.
Filled with easy exercises this workbook is FREE to download
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