Student Praise

In last month’s blog, we suggested that parents should praise their children for their efforts, not achievements. Research suggests that parents should think twice about praising their kids for being “smart” or “talented,” because this may foster a fixed mindset. Instead, if we encourage our kids’ efforts and acknowledge their persistence and hard work, then we will support their development of a growth mindset. Children with a growth mindset believe that with effort and persistence they can learn and achieve in school and elsewhere. A growth mindset will better equip them to persevere and pick themselves up when things do not go their way. Parents should examine their own belief system as well. Do you have a growth mindset? Do you believe that with effort, persistence, and motivation your children can achieve their goals? Some of us need to work at having a growth mindset. It takes time and practice, but it is well worth it when one sees the difference that it makes in one’s children.