growth-top-banner-012417Being a good parent takes almost of your time and energy. After all, there are so many things you have to do to ensure that your kid is not only healthy but happy. Additionally, you want to make sure that your kid feels as though they are able to increase their knowledge and capabilities throughout life while also implementing the drive to do so. Do you think that this is something you have hardwired in your children? Do you think they know that with hard work they are capable of making a difference? Have you had conversations with them about how they are capable of anything?

Plain and simple, conversations about the potential of your children will ultimately shape who they are when they enter adolescence and adulthood. Making sure that your children are equipped with the mindset they need to be successful is the very first step. But how do you do this?

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A Growth Mindset vs. A Fixed Mindset

Kids with a fixed mindset…

Kids with a growth mindset…

  • Are less likely to attempt to tackle challenges.
  • Will give up more easily when things get hard.
  • Believe people are destined to succeed or fail.
  • Are less likely to ask for help when they are confused and instead hide their struggles.
  • Won’t show much resilience.
  • Will approach challenges with an open mind.
  • Want to learn and improve.
  • Know the importance of putting in effort.
  • Are persistent and resilient when things get hard.
  • Will ask for help anytime they experience struggles.

As you can probably guess, children who have a growth mindset tend to succeed much more than those with a fixed mindset. That is why it is important to give them the tools to develop a mindset that allows them to do just that.

growth-side-page-content-image-012417First Class Child Development Promotes Mindsets of Growth

At First Class Child Development in Houston, you can be sure that your child will be taught how to have a mindset based on growth as they are enrolled. We try to promote these attitudes in several ways. Let’s discuss just a few.

  • We share that people are capable of strengthening and growing their knowledge with hard work and effort.
    Science has proven that the brain has the capacity to change and grow over time. Sharing this knowledge with our students allows them to understand that just because they may not excel at a subject like spelling, doesn’t mean they can’t be if they strive to improve over time. When children hear about the capabilities their brain has, it make promoting acts like studying a lot easier to communicate to a child who may not have a serious sense of work ethic at their current age.
  • We talk to our students about learning.
    We try to constantly check in with our students by asking them questions regarding what they completed throughout the day. Asking questions like, “What did you learn today?” and “Did you learn from any mistakes you made?” gives the child a chance to reflect on the day and really internalize their lessons from the previous hours.
  • We encourage our students to share what they know about growth with others.
    Once the kids understand the idea of a growth mindset, we encourage them to spread their knowledge to other students. Having them explain why they do certain things throughout their day to increase their knowledge with also reiterate it in their brains.
  • We praise effort over outcomes.
    Sure, plenty of people these days have a problem with this sort of mentality. They think only winners should be praised and everyone else should fall to the waysides. However, this teaches children that unless they are better than everyone else, they aren’t worthy of praise. This simply isn’t true. Hard work and effort should be awarded regardless of the outcome or the efforts of others.
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