How to Build Confidence & Growth Mindset in Children?
Do you know the way you praise your kids makes a difference to their mindset? When you appreciate their efforts, you encourage a growth mindset in children. Whereas appreciating them plainly on the basis of their intelligence make them adopt a fixed mindset. A growth mindset in children helps them to push their boundaries and embrace challenges. On the contrary, they believe in limited capabilities and intelligence due to a fixed mindset.
Here are 5 ways of interacting with your kids to build confidence and encourage a growth mindset.
Don’t Let Them Give up Easily
The attention span of kids is short. You should immediately start interacting with your kids whenever you notice that they are giving up on something. It can be about solving a puzzle or building a Lego monument. Explain to them that there is no harm to keep on trying. Motivating their efforts and appreciating them on the progress they made irrespective of the result will increase the growth mindset in your children.
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Praise Their Efforts for Confidence Building
It is natural to praise the creation of kids like a clay model, painting, or a craft product. But when you praise the end product, you give an impression to them that they are good at making that particular thing only. Instead, appreciate their efforts by saying, “you did hard work” or asking, “what helped you make progress?” This kind of appreciation builds confidence in them to try more new things.
Motivate Them to Take on New Challenges
“Every expert was once a beginner.” When kids are in the beginner stage, they are most vulnerable. But not the kids with a growth mindset! This mindset comes with the understanding that challenging tasks are not meant to be pushed aside. Explain to them that it’s ok to fall, fail, and not have a clue sometimes. That’s how they are supposed to grow and learn. Once they start viewing challenges as opportunities, there’s no looking back.
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Make Failure Look Like Another Step Towards Success
Unfortunately, failure is seen as a lack of intelligence and capability in our society. When kids begin to understand that, they fear failure. You should emphasise the fact that failure is not the end of the road. Instead, it’s evidence that they have the guts to try something new and challenging. Shift their focus from the result towards learning and experience. It is the best way to nurture a growth mindset in children.
Encourage Reading Habit
One of the proven ways to develop a growth mindset in children is to make them realise that there is so much to learn in this world. And books do this job perfectly. Encourage reading habits in your kids by gifting them interesting children’s books with illustrations. You can also get books specifically on the topic of the growth mindset. Reading habit also helps in confidence building, sharpening thought process, and improving problem-solving abilities.
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Try the 5 ways mentioned above for nourishing the growth mindset in your children and watch them thrive every day. They reach their full potential in life when you make them believe that their intelligence and capabilities are not fixed. Rather these qualities are ever-growing and expanding.
Samidha Raj works as part of the content marketing team at PlanetSpark, a platform that provides online classes to K8 learners on “New Age Skills” like English Communication, Public Speaking, Grammar, Creative Writing, Debating, etc. She is passionate about empowering the youth by educating parents about the importance of 21st-century skills. In her free time, you can find her watching documentaries or animated movies and organizing game nights (board games are her thing)!
Informative article .will surely follow the tips provided , keep writing such blog
These are some great tips. As a parent it is easy to let the child stop doing something because they have lost interest. Keeping them motivated is a greater challenge, but it will definitely help them grow.
Encouraging reading in children is so important, and a fluent reader will surely feel confident. Some tips you shared here are so doable and will achieve the desired confidence levels.
Nurturing a confident child is in our hands. Sometimes, we have to have a growth mindset to teach our kids its importance. Encouraging them goes a long way. As they grow old, they quit easily and thats the true testing period for parents. But as you said if we teach them failure is a step towards success, then they are more likely to keep trying.
These are some great tips to build confidence and growth mind set in kids and luckily I follow most of these pointers with my girls. reading is one of the best way to build growth mind set and critical thinking skills in kids.
These are really great tips to build confidence in kids and not being authoritative. Keep them motivated is really challenging. I am following few of the points for my daughter already.
These are great tips confidence. My daughter get nerves and lose confidence when she is on stage or she need to give presentation.
True we as parents need to build confidence in kids not being authoritative but being assertive. I try not my son to give up easily on things he finds challenging but also motivate him to pursue it till he accomplishes it.
Some wonderful tips to build confidence in children! Thank you for sharing them. Reading books is, of course, the best lesson that one can teach one’s children.
Good confidence building tips for kids. Now a days with increased screen time, kids are finding it difficult to face reality and deal with real like problems and face simple people.
I got a teenager at my home and I can surely relate to all these tips especially building a habit of reading. Books open up the world of imagination for them.
Building confidence in young children is of utmost importance and tiny steps go a long way. Love these tips. I also try to inculcate these in my day-to-day life with my two young kids.
Poignant guest post, that reminds us how to motivate our kids. Having conversations after a fail attempt is so vital and sometimes funny talks also help to destress.
Such an important blog. Developing a growth mindset in kids is really important for proper parenting.
I’m already following few of these for both my kids. Building confidence in a child is very much essential these days rather than just saying raised them we’ll.
Absolutely love the topic and it’s really a much needed for me right now because I am on the same world of teaching my child to boost confidence
This is a reminder post for.me. I had more or less forgotten some of the points since lockdown. I have to make them prepared to face the challenge
very useful blog for the parents to develop their children in great way.