A growth mindset

As I walked in the house this afternoon my daughter bounded up to me, excited because at Jazz Band rehearsal this afternoon she nailed her improvisation solo! “I got it today, I am so happy, I have been working really hard on it.”

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Once I would not have thought much of this, but seeing my brain has continued to think about the ‘mindsets – fixed and growth’ I have been taking a lot more notice of the comments around this house. It has been exciting to notice comments like the above that show the growth mindset. (If you can, I would encourage you to take some time to hear the talk around the house both from yourself and the whole family, you will get some surprises.)

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Also, I want to share a paragraph from the book “Mindset” (by Carol Dweck Page 176)

“Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence – like a gift – by praising their brains and talent. It doesn’t work, and in fact has the opposite effect.  It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or anything goes wrong.  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. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”

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