We all want our kids to grow up believing that they can make things happen, and, generally speaking, we are born with that faith in our own abilities. But too much structure, too much external evaluation and praise, too many medals for just showing up can kill intrinsic motivation in our kids. I am clearly not the only one thinking about nurturing growth mindsets, because my post Indoor Activities to Nurture Growth Mindset was one of my most popular posts last year.
From "What" to "How"
While we all want our kids to have positive mindsets, I believe it's important to help them develop mental capabilities needed to handle complex tasks required in school and in life. This is why I started a series on executive skills last year:
What Is Executive Function? introduces the topic of executive skills and their importance for all of us.
Growth mindset is extremely useful in believing that we can improve or compensate for our executive skills weaknesses. How Clean Is Your Room? talks about how we deal with a specific weakness of my absent-minded daughter. It's enough to say that this particular challenge is still very much work in progress :)
Strengthening Working Memory will be interesting for parents of kids who have challenges remembering multi-step instructions or lists.
What is the end goal?
My own all time favorite parenting post was written in 2014 when I tried to decide for myself, is there really a goal in motherhood? Last year I reflected on this end goal in 9 Thoughts for My Daughter's 9th Birthday. While this post was not popular in traffic, it remains my favorite parenting post of year 2015.
What matters to you when it comes to parenting?
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