Does your child avoid certain activities because they’ve failed in the past or think they are not clever enough to cope with new challenges? Feelings like this can be related to what children believe about what makes them ‘good’ at something – whether it’s learning at school, sport, or even their ability to manage their emotions and behaviour.
Some children give up on challenging tasks easily, or avoid tasks they’ve failed at before. They believe that being ‘good’ at a particular activity is a fixed state, and is something they can’t control or change. In psychology, this way of thinking is called a ‘fixed mindset’. Others bounce back quickly from failure and are more likely to explore how they can get better at doing something. They tend to be children who believe that you can improve your abilities by practising, or by finding a different way to achieve your goal. This way of thinking is called a ‘growth mindset’, and developing it can help make children more resilient for life.
Read the leaflets below to find out more about growth mindset.