How to help your kids develop a growth mindset
Updated: Apr 22, 2021
Every behaviour, every result, every habit is a reflection of a mindset... in other words, a way of thinking.. This is where it all begins. It’s beautiful that the bible even says, ‘As a man thinks, so is he’.
As children grow, their mindset can be shaped by their experiences, what they hear and how they are nurtured. This automatically throws up a big responsibility for parents. Making a deliberate attempt to nurture how their mindset is shaped!
It’s good to quickly outline what a growth mindset is NOT so that we can appreciate what we should be looking out for! A Fixed mindset is exactly what it says ‘Fixed’. Sees the limitations in their abilities and does not believe they can learn a skill that is not natural to them.
One of the bible recitations my sons say everything is ‘ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’.
I have had to remind them time and again that it is not a chant, that they can truly do ALL things and that is really what having a Growth Mindset is all about!
To round up the Growth Mindset Series. I would like to share 4 action steps you may want to try with your kids. And if you have other tips you would like to share, please feel free to do so. Learning never ends!
Helping your child to understand and acknowledge their feelings is really key to developing a growth mindset. When we are TRUE to ourselves, we make a choice to be Authentic and open our minds to learning and growth.Thoughts filter in every now and then and we can't stop them. Some are good while some are self-limiting.
However, it's what we do about those thoughts that matter. because whether we accept it or not, we become what we continue to dwell on. The bible says "As a man thinks, so is he". Encourage your kids to use any limitations they think they have as an opportunity to grow and improve!
I have seen the power of Affirmations in my life even before i knew they were affirmations. I even went to the extent of using affirmations for my passwords and username for different sites. They still work! Be that parent that is always ready with a comeback affirmation for your child when they are having a tough time. Dedication, consistency and diligence always pays!
I always tell my children that it's good to have so much knowledge but the value you can derive from it is when that knowledge is applied appropriately and consistently.