Have you ever thought about your child’s concept of how smart and capable they are? If you haven’t then you better take a look at this.
Educationalist Carol Dweck shares her findings on this video about how authority figures have a HUGE influence on how kids value themselves as capable individuals. What does this mean?
This research says that children can have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
Fixed Mindset: Having a fixed concept of their own intelligence and capability. For these children in school their objective is to look smart at all times and at all costs.
- They value ability over effort and always rely on their current ability at something instead of working hard to become better at it.
- Setbacks and deficiencies are proof of who they really are for them.
Growth Mindset: Viewing their intelligence as something that is constantly changing depending on what they do. Their objective is to learn at all times at all costs.
- They value effort over ability and even though they can be talented at something, they always work hard to better themselves.
- Setbacks and deficiencies are part of the learning process for them and they welcome them as new experiences.
Now, how do you as parent influence whether your kid has a fixed/growth mindset?
How you praise your child is key for their self-image and self-esteem. In Carol Dweck’s research is shown that praising your son for their intelligence can cause them to have a fixed mindset, versus praising them for their effort in the process of any given task encourages them to have a growth mindset. This has tremendous consequences on the long run in decision-making, overcoming obstacles, and this can influence your kids happiness overall!
So know you now that after a tournament you should congratulate your toddlers for how hard they tried and for how hard they have been working on their game in the past weeks or so. They will be motivated to keep the hard work going and with proper guidance, it is the perfect recipe for success!
By: World Junior Golf