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FROM THE DESK OF Ty Wilson Well, we are now over a month into 2020. If you made New Year’s Resolutions, the experts say you will have given up on them by now. Hopefully that is not the case. I myself do not make New Year’s Resolutions because I do not think you should wait to start attempting to improve or do the things you need to do, it is a yearlong, and in my case a lifelong, challenge. I know, easier said than done. That said, we are rolling into the shortest month of the year. This is year a leap year that only comes once every 4 years. February is also known for Valentine’s day. A day where we provide little gifts for the ones we love. February also gives us the Super Bowl for football fans. It features the two best professional football teams and fun, interesting commercials, which are often better than the game itself. It is a great time to spend time with your friends and celebrate the end of the football season. We will be winding down winter soon and spring is next up.
DO YOUR KIDS KNOW ABOUT GRIT?
HOWMINDSET SHAPES YOUNG FUTURES
Growth mindset, the idea that achievement is due to hard work and effort and not just natural ability, is a hot concept these days. With an abundance of research from Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth, science has a lot to tell us about how children learn and why teaching the value of effort is the most essential tool parents can give their children to succeed. Follow these three tips to raise your children to adopt growth mindsets.
Be a role model.
The No. 1 predictor of whether a child will have a growth mindset is whether or not their parents have growth mindsets. So much of what we do is learned by example, and that includes how we perceive our own ability to learn. Duckworth helped popularize growth mindset by assigning it a catchy sobriquet in her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” She also developed a “Grit Scale” that measures how well you embody the trait. If you want to test your own growth mindset, take the free self-assessment at AngelaDuckworth.com/grit-scale. Knowing whether you tend to value hard work and learn from failure or rely more on natural ability to achieve results, also called a fixed mindset, can guide how you model a growth mindset for your children.
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