A growth mindset assumes that basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.  So, it’s not whether you’re intelligent or unintelligent.  It’s just a matter of not learning a specific skill yet, or practicing that skill enough.  A growth mindset assumes that eventually, with enough hard work you can do anything you can put your mind to!

How exciting is that??  Brains and talent are not the whole story,  just a tiny piece of the puzzle.  Hard work and perseverance are where the real opportunities hang out.

It’s the simple things…

Pschyologist Carol Dweck’s book Mindset; The New Pschyology of Success was the origin of this whole growth mindset phenomena.  It’s described as “simple but groundbreaking.”  Isn’t that true about most really great things?  It’s the simple things that hold the most possibility.  Simple can be life changing.  Whether it’s sports, school, work, or hobbies the possibilities are endless. 

We do what we think we can do….

If I am “bad” at math I’m likely to shy away from challenges involving math.  That might mean not taking a difficult math class in college or eliminiating the possibility of a math oriented career.  (In my case it would mean deferring helping my freshman aged son with his geometry.  Because…math.)

But if I’m not necessarily “bad’ at math I just haven’t learned certain concepts yet that is a whole different ball game.  I may not know it yet, but I’ll get it. 

Check out this list of children’s books to help encourage a growth mindset.

On a side note.  I do help my son with his geometry, something I remember being terrible at.  It turns out, I rock geometry.  Who knew? I thought of myself as a right brained artist who was just not good at math.  Not true!

A growth mindset assumes that basic abilities can be developed through dedication & hard work.Use these printable notes and a poster to encourage your kids!

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You’re not that special….

This is something I tell my kids often. 

“You’re not that special.” 

It is most definitely something they will remember out of context as an adult and talk about around the holiday table.  I do not mean to say they are not amazing and unique but to say they are human.  Human beings have some things in common.  We mess up, we make mistakes, we get knocked down. 

Knowing that mistakes aren’t a sign of failure but of growth and change is freeing. 

Successful people mess up.  Everyone fails.  Those things develop new skills and grit that will make a person successful!

(Check out this post on grit and old fashioned hard work for more free printables and a book list about developing grit in our kids!)

A growth mindset assumes that basic abilities can be developed through dedication & hard work.Use these printable notes and a poster to encourage your kids!

Daily reminders…

Even though I told you about my “you’re not that special” speech above of course I think my kids are crazy special people.  I think they will move mountains someday should they choose to put their mind to it. 

These little printable notes are meant to be just that, encouragement, a daily reminder.  When my kids were in school I used to tuck a tiny note into their lunch box.  Even though we’re at home these days I still try to a written note in here and there.  Seeing things in writing is special.

Check out this sweet blog post about “lunch box love” from Little Bitty Business, a favorite blog of mine.

A growth mindset assumes that basic abilities can be developed through dedication & hard work.Use these printable notes and a poster to encourage your kids!

Grab these growth mindset printable notes, cut ’em out and tuck them anywhere your kids will find them.  Print them on sticker paper and use them in your classroom.  I made them for you! 

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