Maybe you’ve heard the term “Growth Mindset” made famous by researcher and author Carol Dweck. According to Dweck, with “… growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.”
Unfortunately, many kids (and adults) believe that their abilities are based on predetermined strengths and weakness—this is fixed mindset. Our job is to help our kids understand that they can get better at things that don’t come naturally through hard work and practice.
You can use the worksheet below to start a conversation with your child about growth mindset by having them reflect on both the things that they are good at and the things they might need to practice