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You’ve heard of how the growth mindset can help you, but what can it do for children?
Kids have brains like sponges, which is a prime opportunity to teach them lessons that will set them up to leave healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Taking some time to consider how to teach your kids a growth mindset is the closest thing you can do to ensuring they have a good future.
While it can be challenging to get kids to do things that are good for them, it’s quite easy to see opportunities to teach the growth mindset when you understand it better.
If you’re not familiar with the growth mindset then check out this article on the differences between a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset. It’s imperative that you learn a bit about it and apply some of it in your own life, if you don’t have a growth mindset then your kid won’t have a good example to learn from.
As mentioned, children have minds like sponges (in neurobiology they would say that young children have brains that have a high potential for neuroplasticity). This “sponginess” is a double edge sword – kids will learn and adapt incredibly fast, but they might also learn things you don’t want them to.
If you’re trying to teach your children to have a growth mindset then it’s important that you pay attention to your overall parenting style. It’s not about pushing kids to be perfect, or chiding them for making mistakes (soccer moms and perfectionist parents set their kids up for dysfunctional behavior later in life).
A growth mindset teaches kids that if they want to excel they’re going to have to work for it, but it’s ok to make mistakes because that’s part of the journey. In many cases, if a child is passionate about something they will push themselves over and over again, simply making them aware of this can work wonders.
- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did.” – Mark Twain
- “Most people never run far enough on the first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got, and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” – William James
- “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.” – Carol Dweck
- “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar
- “You have not failed unless you have quit trying.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
- “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Earl Nightingale
- “There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.” – Albert Ellis
- “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
- “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
- “The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.” – Michelangelo
- “If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you, you must come to it.” – Marva Collins
- “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset.” – Carol Dweck
- “Believe you can….and you are halfway there!” Theodore Roosevelt
- “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” – Claude T. Bissell
- “You have to apply yourself each day to becoming a little better. By becoming a little better each and every day, over a period of time, you will become a lot better.” – John Wooden
- “Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” – Carol Dweck
- “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” – Robert Kiposaki
Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” – Robert Kiposaki
- “Success is not an accident, success is a choice.” – Stephen Curry
- “Always do what you are afraid of doing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
- “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures. . .I divide the world into the learners and the non-learners.” – Benjamin Barber
- “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
- “It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
- “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
- “There is always a step small enough from where we are to get us to where we want to be. If we take that small step, there’s always another we can take, and eventually a goal thought to be too far to reach becomes achievable.” – Ellen Langer
- “Life is about being and becoming, not having and getting.” – Stephanie Seabrook Hedgepath
- “Knowing what is and knowing what can be are not the same thing.” – Ellen Langer
- “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad
- “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley
- “What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” – Unknown
- “I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” – Nadia Comaneci
- “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
- “The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.” – H.W. Arnold
- “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” – John C. Maxwell
- “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.” – Phillip Adams
- “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden
- “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller
- “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Jack Sparrow
- “If not now, when? If not here, where? If not me, who?”- Steve Geiger
- “Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Sherman Finesilver
- “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
- “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
- “Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” – Samuel Johnson
- “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “If all I do is try, that means I don't truly believe I can succeed.” – Kanan Jarrus
- “There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
- Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m Possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
- “The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” – Wallace Wattles
- “Don’t tell me how talented you are. Tell me how hard you work.” – Arthur Rubenstein
- “Everything is figureoutable.” – Marie Forleo
Teaching your kids to adopt a growth mindset is one of the best things you can do for them. There are so many advantages it has to health, success, and happiness that it’s almost a no-brainer.
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Tom Smith is a creative writer with over 6 years of professional experience. He discovered the joy of writing after covering some furniture in his childhood home with graffiti. In later years, he got himself a BA in creative writing and hasn’t looked back. After discovering the power of positive thinking and discovering the spiritual side of life, he believes it's a huge privilege to be able to write about all things personal development.