What is this new buzzword “grit” anyways and why do we want our kids to have it?  It sounds unpleasant, right?  It’s not.  It’s a goal for raising kiddos that know how to keep working hard towards a goal even when times get tough.  Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids; and maybe even in ourselves.  After all, the learning should never stop!

I’m no expert.  But I am a teacher and a mama with definite opinions about the experts opinions.  (That’s print worthy, right?) 

It all started with a little YouTube…

I recently watched a talk by Angela Duckworth on YouTube in which she talked about grit.  I’ve watched this talk more than once and rolled it around in my brain.  (Because over thinking is my specialty.)   This is worth checking out.

Grit is defined as being passionate and persevering in pursuit of long term dreams.  Grit is being able to maintain effort despite failure, adversity, or challenges.  These all sound like things we want for our kids.  No one wants to raise a quitter, am I right?

As I watched Duckworth expound on her grit theory I was at once enthusiastically agreeing with her and reminded of groundbreaking “studies” that find that eating junk food makes kids fat.  Common sense.

Where does grit come from…

Grit is a lot like old fashioned hard work.  Grit is developed through being allowed to fail and try again.  The stakes of childhood are so high today that it’s harder to let our children fail than it might have been in past generations.  There is a lot riding on our kids success, even at a young age. 

Failure should be something kids are allowed to experience themselves and  also see in the adults surrounding them.  Let’s expose our kids to us adults trying weird ,new things and challenges.  Sometimes we’re successful and sometimes we’re not.  Failure isn’t a childish thing, it’s a human thing.  Successful people fail.

And what about the passion….

Kids are never going to work tirelessly and passionately at something they don’t care about, nor will most adults.  Sure we do the work we have to do to get through requirements.  In our house we refer to that as “jumping through hoops.”  Sometimes you do what you have to do to get where you want to get.

But to develop real grit kids need a chance to feel passionately about something, to be truly invested in the outcome. Developing passions takes time.  And passions don’t always come in the form of weekly scheduled classes or afterschool clubs.  Kids need time and lots of experiences to even know what they might want to invest themselves in.  Heck, I’m forty and still deciding. 

 

What is this new buzzword "grit" anyways? It sounds unpleasant, right? It's not. Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids

Beside failure what really teaches grit…

What teaches kids that it’s not only acceptable but desirable to try new thing, fail, and try again?  A growth mindset, that’s what.   And those of you that read here at the Kitchen Table Classroom often know that I hold that idea near and dear to my heart. 

A growth mindset means a person can grow and change over time.  What you know and are today may not be where you stay forever.  People can grow, change, and learn at every stage of the game.

We are homeschoolers.  I teach four kids at four different levels many subjects each day.  One of my favorite things about our whole set up is learning is not just checking off boxes.  My kids are invested.  I am invested.  They see me learning new things beside them every single day (even though I am ancient in days.)

Check out this list of kids books about developing a growth mindset here. 

Check out these pretty printables about growth mindset here.  This is my most visited post ev-ah!

What is this new buzzword "grit" anyways? It sounds unpleasant, right? It's not. Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids

Some pretty quotes about grit….

The idea of grit isn’t so pretty, maybe.  But these free printable quotes about grit are.  Even though hard work is something that never really stops it doesn’t have to be a gloomy subject.  

Work doesn’t need to be punishment.  Work gets us where we want to be.

That’s real life.

Want the printable quotes about grit…

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What is this new buzzword "grit" anyways? It sounds unpleasant, right? It's not. Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids

Let’s hear it from the experts….

I know how I was raised and how I feel about raising my own kids to be resilient and persevere in the face of difficulties.  But I am no expert.  

If you want to know the research behind “grittiness” and why it’s important check out a book or two from this list!  

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 

Grit for Kids: 16 top steps for developing Grit, Passion, Willpower, and Perseverance in kids for self-confidence and a successful life 

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today’s Students

Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world?

Old School Grit: Times May Change, But the Rules for Success Never Do

GRIT to Go: Classroom-Ready Resources to Motivate Growth Mindsets

What Gritty Kids Do When No One Is Looking

The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs

 

What is this new buzzword "grit" anyways? It sounds unpleasant, right? It's not. Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids

Want the printable quotes about grit…

If you’d like these printables for your home or classroom just subscribe to my weekly newsletter using the turquoise subscription box below.  In your confirmation email you will receive a password to my Resource Library.  This printable and dozens of others are all there in printable PDF form.   

What is this new buzzword "grit" anyways? It sounds unpleasant, right? It's not. Check out these pretty quotes about grit and how to inspire it in your kids

Print, share it, & get a little gritty!