Simple Ways To Help Your Child Develop A Positive Mindset
By encouraging positive thinking, this will help children form a positive view of the world around them and of themselves, this can be done by teaching our children to accept negative emotions and process them in a healthy way.⠀
By helping your child accept that mistakes are part of learning and understand the role of a variety of emotions we can help our child have a positive mindset.
Praise the process
Praise your children for working or trying hard, as this promotes a growth mindset, it sends a message that the child’s effort is what led them to success not just 'natural talent'.
Get your child to open up about how they feel whilst you are doing a shared experience such as baking or art and craft. When the focus is on an activity it's easier to ignite a conversation if you want to talk about feelings or behaviours. Share how you feel or think too so it models 'openness' to a child.
Its ok to make mistakes
One of the best ways you can model a growth mindset is to speak positively about the mistakes you’ve made, what you’ve learned and how you overcame them. This will show your children that taking risks and making mistakes are a natural part of the learning process.
When a child uses limiting language like ‘I’m not good at this or I can’t do it’ they are creating a negative storyline for themself. As parents, you can help them focus on other details in their stories that are less negative without telling them how to feel. Positive affirmations are a great way to help gently retrain the brain.
By having a growth mindset rather than fixed mindset enables children to be more resilient against adversity.⠀
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