A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kicking off the new year means reflecting on the past and setting goals for the new year. Going along with our school theme, Let Your MIND-SET the Stage, a great New Year’s Resolution for parents would be to support your child in maintaining a growth mindset. Below are ways to help your child maintain their growth mindset during the long winter months.
TALK ABOUT IT
Talk with your child about his or her day, but guide the discussion by asking questions like:
What did you learn today?
Did you make a mistake today?
How did you make a difference for someone else today?
What did you do that was difficult today?
PRAISE THE PROCESS
Instead of saying, “You’re so smart!” praise effort, goal setting, persisting through challenges, or being creative. You can say something like:
ENCOURAGE FAILURE (say what?!)
Your child needs to know that failure can (and often does) happen and it is okay! Remind him/her that each time he/she fails and tries again, their brain is growing stronger! Don’t step in to prevent your child’s failure - this is how they learn to persevere in the face of challenges.
THE BRAIN CAN GROW
Remind your child that his/her intelligence is not fixed. Reminder him/her brain grows if he/she persists through the challenge. Each time they learn something new, his/her brain is making new connections. Your child needs to know this is possible! Their brain may hurt from all the new knowledge.
HELP THEM CHANGE THEIR DIALOGUE
The way your child talks to himself makes a huge impact on his/her mindset. If he says, “This is too hard!” help him/her change that to “I can’t do this yet, but I will keep trying.” Give him/her the words to say when he/she is feeling defeated by modeling it yourself!
The BEST way to support your child is to develop and maintain your own growth mindset! Model the behaviors described above. Happy New Year!
Resource: Sarah Gardner
Becky Doyle, Principal
“If everyone is moving forward TOGETHER, then SUCCESS will take care of itself!”