Giving Your Child a Growth Mindset | Part 1

It matters how our children THINK!!

“I don’t want to try! I can’t do it!” “I did try and I failed!” “I look stupid! People are laughing at me!”

These are painful words for a parent to hear because we feel our children’s pain. But letting our kids miss the opportunities to grow and learn in life will handicap them from developing and maturing. Fear steals the joy in our childhood and adult lives.

How do we help our children have an appetite to learn and no fear of failure?

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Delays

How you as a parent handle delays is crucial because everyday we inevitably experience multiple delays! Our response may be healthy or unpleasant, and it affects and shapes our inner strength and perspective. Whether it is a traffic delay, wardrobe-malfunction delay, or kids-moving-in-slow-motion delay, we are all “schedule challenged” in our busy culture.

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SELF ASSESSMENT

Oh dear! Thais sounds painful! NOT if we keep it positive and treat it like an adventure! Hey! It’s fun to grow and become stronger, happier and more effective. Those are good things! It’s just that growth in many of the key areas of life doesn’t just happen… WE HAVE TO TAKE AN HONEST LOOK AT OURSELVES AND DECIDE TO CHANGE! It all begins with SELF-ASSESSMENT!

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The Laugh A Lot Club

Laughter will help minimize the pain, awkwardness and potential shame in a situation by minimizing its significance, refusing to let it negatively label anyone, and moving on, with confidence and intentionality. Laughter destroys the silence and isolation that can grow in an atmosphere that lacks joy and lightheartedness. Laughter can give that extra strength and focus that is so needed to face the inevitable daily challenges. Laughter releases tension and stimulates creativity. Laughter unifies, and bonds us together, deeply and positively. 

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Sure I’d Love To!

If serving is indeed the mark of greatness, then teaching our children to verbalize a willingness to help when asked is truly crucial. It was important enough in our family to write a song about it, and we sang it throughout our kids’ childhoods!

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Sometimes Yes, Sometimes No

We’re not dealing with robots obviously; our children’s emotions are quite developed and often expressed dramatically (ya think?…). That is not abnormal.  They have no filters, understanding, or behavior patterns until we as loving, patient adults walk them through these early years and form their perspective. 

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