Growth v Fixed Mindset
A Growth Mindset is when a child goes into activities with an open mind. They are happy and excited by challenges and keep trying even when things get tough. They enjoy evaluating and learning from their mistakes and do not believe in failure.
Statements that children with a Growth Mindset may say:
- ‘I accept the challenge’
- ‘This is how I can improve next time…’
- ‘I am improving the more I practice’
A fixed mindset is when a child has a closed mind and is not open or willing to trying new things or challenges that may be hard. They believe that getting things wrong is a failure and not good. They are scared of challenges and tasks that they find difficult and would rather do tasks that they find easy even if this means they don’t learn anything new from it.
Children with a Fixed Mindset may say:
- ‘This is too hard’
- ‘I’m not good at this’
- ‘I give up’
Is your child in a growth or a fixed mindset? Talk to them about it and ask them which they think they are. Also ask them if they would like to have a more growth mindset and how they can achieve that.
How to raise resilient children
Let them make mistakes – everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay. Children will naturally learn how to bounce back from their mistakes and do better next time.
Be a supportive role model – be calm and consistent in the way you behave in front of them. Model a growth mindset by being open mindset and resilient in your own life. When you make mistakes admit to them and talk about how you will get better next time.
Reminders for being resilient
1. It’s okay to make mistakes
2. Keep trying and you’ll get better
3. Don’t give up
4. Bounce back
5. I can do this
We would love to hear what your child thinks of their mindset and how they plan to improve it. Leave a comment and let us know.