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9 Most Powerful Parenting Tips For Successful Children
The sixth important parenting tip is when parents have attained higher educational levels.
When Parents Teach A Growth Mindset
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has discovered that children (and adults) think about success in one of two ways.
Some have a fixed mindset while others had a growth mindset.
In one study of 4-year-olds, Dweck let kids choose between solving easy or difficult jigsaw puzzles.
The kids with a “fixed mindset” chose the easier one, since it would validate their god-given abilities. Kids in this category often try to avoid failure.
The kids however with a growth mindset opted for the harder puzzles, since they saw it as an opportunity to learn, and they saw it as an opportunity to thrive on challenge.
At the core of all of this, is the distinction of how you assume your “will” affects your ability, and it has a powerful effect on kids.
If kids for example were told that they aced a test because of their innate intelligence, that creates a “fixed” mindset. If they succeeded because of effort, that teaches a “growth” mindset.
So the moral of the story here is to praise your kids, don't congratulate them for being so smart, but commend them for making an effort and working so hard.
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