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5 Tips For Developing A Growth Mindset In Kids

If you have haven’t heard the term “growth mindset” you are not the only one.

You could say this is a “new age” term and is a relatively new concept.

Resilience, Success, Positivity, Confidence, and High Self Esteem are all potential results for a child or an adult who has a Growth Mindset.

What exactly is a growth mindset? Why is a growth mindset important? What are tips to build a growth mindset for your kids? Below are all the answers.....

What Is A Growth Mindset?


The growth mindset is a concept that was coined by Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University. It's the belief that intelligence and other skills can be developed through hard work and perseverance.

A growth mindset is a mindset that believes in learning from mistakes and using feedback to improve. It is a way of thinking that is focused on learning, progress, and development instead of being fixed on perfection.

The growth mindset helps people develop their skills and abilities by building on what they have learned from mistakes. When people have a growth mindset, they are more likely to embrace challenges and learn new things.

Why Is Building Growth Mindsets Important for Kids?


Building a growth mindset is one of the most important skills for kids. The growth mindset is a mindset that focuses on the development of knowledge and skills through hard work and effort. It is the belief that it's possible to improve your abilities and performance through continuous learning. This type of mindset is encouraged for children to develop in order to achieve their full potential.

A growth mindset can be developed in children by encouraging them to take risks, experience successes, and learn from failures. It also helps them develop better problem-solving skills. There are other many benefits to having a growth mindset, such as being more successful socially and academically, having better self-esteem, and being less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, or stress.

How Do Children Learn Their Mindsets?


Children are born with a growth mindset. They are open to new experiences and willing to learn from mistakes. As they grow up, their mindset can change based on what is happening in their life.

A growth mindset is an attitude that intelligence is malleable and can be changed through effort, experience, and challenges.

Some parents, guardians, or teachers,  may find it difficult to raise their kids with a growth mindset because they are worried about their kids’ self-esteem or happiness. Raising a child with a growth mindset does not mean forcing them to do something they don't want to do or punishing them for mistakes. It means encouraging them to take risks and try new things in order to learn new skills.

5 Tips To Develop a Growth Mindset In Kids


Mindsets can be changed by many factors such as the family environment, culture, society, or even the education system. There are many ways we as parents, guardians, and teachers can ensure our children keep and/or develop their growth mindset to reach their full potential as adults. Here are 5 tips we can do to help keep and/or develop a growth mindset:

1. Praise your child for trying new things:

When your child tries something new, it's important not only to praise them for the effort but also for the outcome. If they fail at something, it's important that you don't react negatively or become frustrated with them - this will only discourage them from trying again. Instead, try to empathise with their experience and show support by providing encouragement. For example, if they're learning how to ride a bike, you might say "I'm so proud of you for practicing riding your bike. I know it was really hard, but you did it! You're learning so many new things.”

2. Encourage children to take on challenges.

Another tip to developing a growth mindset is to encourage children to take on challenges. That is, believing that we can learn and grow from their mistakes and setbacks. You may be hesitant about letting your children take on some challenges because you fear for their safety or success. It is important that children take on challenges and learn from the results.

It is important for children to take on challenges because it helps them to become more confident and self-assured. It also helps them to explore their potential and develop skills that they might not have thought of yet.

Studies have shown that children who are encouraged to take on challenges are more likely to be happy and content with themselves. They are also more likely to be creative, observant, knowledgeable, persistent, imaginative, and even healthier.

3. Teach children to take responsibility for their own mistakes.

The concept of teaching children to take responsibility for their mistakes is not new. When kids are young, it's easy for them to make mistakes. We need to teach our kids to take responsibility for their mistakes rather than blaming others or circumstances.

Children learn from their parents and the society around them how they should behave in different situations. They also learn through experience because they constantly make mistakes and are punished for them.

By teaching children to take responsibility for their own mistakes instead of blaming others or circumstances, parents can help prepare children for life in the real world where they will have to deal with the consequences of their actions on a daily basis.

There are many benefits that come with teaching children to take responsibility for their mistakes. For one thing, it helps them develop a sense of self-worth and build resilience.

4. Encourage children to focus on what they are good at as opposed to what they are bad at.

It is important to encourage children to focus on what they are good at as opposed to what they are bad at doing. This is important because it fosters a more positive outlook in children and helps them improve their skillsets. In order to do this, we must teach our children that they should not compare themselves with others and that they should not be discouraged by their mistakes. We must also teach them the importance of learning from their own mistakes and trying again.

One way to encourage children to focus on what they are good at as opposed to what they are bad at is by giving them a task that they can do, but also giving them a reward for doing it.

Children who are encouraged to focus on their strengths, tend to develop a better sense of self-esteem and self-worth. This helps them become more confident in their abilities and grow into successful adults.

5. Help kids set attainable goals for themselves and then celebrate their achievements when they are achieved

Helping kids set goals for themselves is a very important task. It helps them to know what they want and where they want to go in life. Helping kids set attainable goals for themselves and then celebrating their achievements when they are achieved is a way to help them become more confident and self-assured.

If you're not sure how to help your child set attainable goals for themselves, ask yourself these questions:

- What do they want to achieve?

- How will they know when they have achieved their goal?

- What will happen if the goal is not achieved?

- How will they what to celebrate when they achieve their goal?


Overall, I believe it is very important that we encourage and work with our children to develop and keep a growth mindset. I understand it is difficult as there is so much happening in all our lives. However, we are likely doing a lot of what is suggested above anyway, and congrats if you have ticked off all the above!

This is an important topic because children will grow up with a growth mindset or a fixed mindset and this can affect their lives later on. Having a growth mindset brings on so many benefits for your child's future, it is definitely worth working on. There is a FREE Goal Setting Gratitude Journal Template available on the FREE Resources page for you to get started today!

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