10 Ways To Help Your Child Develop A Growth Mindset

10 Ways To Help Your Child Develop A Growth Mindset

Every parent wants their child to thrive and succeed in all areas of life. And success cannot happen without a growth mindset. Nevertheless, most times, children are resistant to growth and want to remain in their comfort zone. Yes, the comfort zone is a comfortable place! But nothing grows there! And many don’t easily leave it. Hence, it is important to help your child develop a mindset that is open to evolve, learn and grow.

A growth mindset means believing you can improve through learning, growing and adapting to your situation. This can be taught and developed by anyone and teaching it to children is even more important for them to grow into adults who do not back down from challenges. But how do you help your child develop a growth mindset? In this blog, we have shared 10 ways you can help your child develop the skills and mindset they need to thrive.

1. Model The Behaviour You Want to See

As a parent or caregiver, you are the first teacher your child will ever have. This makes you a key actor to help them develop a growth mindset. You need to be aware of what you pass onto children through your habits, behaviours and attitudes because they pick up on everything. Children tend to easily do what you do more than what you simply tell them to do. It’s easier for them to replicate actions than it is to simply obey unmodelled instructions. So, to teach your child a growth mindset, you have to practise these principles yourself. 

To know what kinds of behaviours you might be passing on, you can ask yourself “How do I show my child that I am ready to embrace something I am not familiar with?”, or “How do I share my mistakes and what I have learnt from them?” When your child experiences this,  they will learn how to approach their own learning and this is part of having a growth mindset. 

2. Create An Environment For Growth

Creating a stimulating environment that encourages learning can make a difference in your child developing a growth mindset. You can fill your home with books and educational materials that your child can use for hands-on learning. Some of these, such as puzzles, often involve trial and error. 

In this environment, your child will learn the importance of continuing with something even when it is challenging and how to recover from mistakes or setbacks. You will also promote a love for learning and this curiosity-driven exploration will set a solid foundation for their growth mindset. 

3. Try New Things Together

Trying new things together is a powerful way to help both you and your child develop a growth mindset. Exploring new things together provides a sense of security and encouragement for your child to take risks and explore their interests. This will also help to strengthen the bond between you and your child by creating shared memories and discussing your experience with open communication, trust and mutual respect. 

Showing that you have an open mind to new experiences will encourage similar behaviour in your child. Our Code Creators Club at GT Scholars offers an opportunity for parents and children to learn how to code. Coding is normally viewed as a challenging thing to master but there are many reasons to take coding and you can find out more about the benefits through our blog.  You and your child can try this programme together and create a new shared memory whilst learning coding and problem solving skills together. 

4. Educate Them About The Brain 

The brain works very similarly to other muscles of the body. And just like other muscles, You can train your brain to grow and develop. This ability of the brain to change and adapt through experience is called neuroplasticity. It explains that the brain is made up of billions of neurons that send messages. As we learn something new, the brain is making stronger connections between neurons.

This concept is supportive of a growth mindset because it shows that intelligence, talents, and abilities can develop over time. Teaching your child about this could be the encouragement they need to start working towards something they might want but find challenging. 

5. Encourage Individuality

Parents often compare children to each other. This can be between siblings or friends, but whether done consciously or subconsciously, it has an impact. Some children will struggle more than others and your child needs to know that it’s okay for them to have a unique journey. You can focus on your child’s journey to create a supportive setting that promotes personal growth. 

Acknowledging their progress, skills, or effort encourages individuality and gives them more confidence to keep trying. Children learn at their own pace and we need to continue to motivate them by focusing on their positives, so they start to view their journey as a personal one and comparisons to other people will become irrelevant to what they want to achieve. 

6. Challenge Them To Aim High

Encouraging your child to set goals that stretch their abilities will help them to be more determined. Goals should be realistic but challenging enough to push your child out of their comfort zone. You can also help them break down their larger goals into smaller, manageable tasks to build confidence and momentum. 

When children learn to take risks they also learn that some risks will work out and others may not and that will build their courage and ability to bounce back. When they are not successful, they should feel they are in a safe place to build themselves up for the next challenge or a new opportunity to take a risk or achieve their goals. 

7. Support Them In Solving Their Problems

If your child is having a problem trying to figure out something, they need to know that they can come to you and ask for your help. By asking different questions, you’re helping them to figure it out for themselves. 

You may want to jump in and solve the problem for them but rather help them to brainstorm solutions and let them try to solve the problem on their own. They may realise that there are other resources that they can use to solve the problem and this will help them learn to have confidence to approach problems in their lives. 

8. Normalise Reflecting On Failures

Children need to know that they have permission to fail at some things and that they don’t have to be perfect. If they fail, they should not be afraid of judgement or criticism, but instead, they should feel they can talk about their mistakes. When failure is normalised, your child can have a healthy attitude towards setbacks. 

Taking the time to reflect on their failures allows children to understand what went wrong and how to improve it. You can help them with this by walking them through reflective questions like “What did I learn from this experience?” and “What could I do differently next time?” to promote critical thinking and self-awareness as well. 

9. Reinforce Positive Self-Talk

Encouraging children to use positive words reinforces that they are still learning and that it’s normal not to know everything at their age. If your child is complaining that they are bad at something, teach them to turn it into a positive by saving, they just haven’t mastered it yet. 

You have to encourage your child to get rid of calling themselves an “average student” or other language that sets limits on them. When the negative turns into a more positive statement, it encourages them to cultivate a positive inner dialogue by challenging negative self-talk and replacing it with affirming growth-focused statements. This will reframe challenges as opportunities for learning and growth.

10. Celebrate Progress And Wins

Recognising and celebrating your child’s accomplishments, no matter how ‘small’ is crucial to developing their growth mindset. When you show them that you notice an effort they made or something they tried and improved at, you are reminding them that making progress is not only in the big moments but also in the small steps that we take in achieving our bigger goals. 

Instead of solely praising intelligence or talent, focus on acknowledging their effort and perseverance. You can say: “You have come very far from where you started” or “I am proud of all the effort you are making and I know you will get there”. This will encourage them to continuously put effort into the things they are working on. As a result, they will keep trying to grow.

In conclusion, our children need to constantly challenge themselves as this is a part of learning and growing up. This builds resilience to overcome challenges and the courage to keep trying in school or life in general.

It is important to remember that having a growth mindset is not something that we achieve and then leave to one side and hope it continues to develop.  It requires constant learning, challenges and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, so that we can continue to grow. 

So, are you ready to set a new and exciting challenge with your child?

For instance, you can start your growth mindset journey today with our Code Creators Club. Click here to claim your free trial and discover the world of coding together. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn a new skill together and develop your growth mindset!

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