Did you know that intelligence is not precisely determined? You may have grown up believing that some people are only good at certain subjects, and others are incapable of solving problems in other subjects.
In fact, intelligence is the result of hard work and study. This is related to the presence of a growth mindset or development mindset.
People with a growth mindset believe that they can develop their intelligence. So, you can try to develop a growth mindset in children from an early age so that they can successfully solve any problems in life later.
Reporting from Very Well Family, these are steps you can take to instill a growth mindset in your children.
1. It’s OK to Be Wrong
The first way you can foster a growth mindset is to teach children that it’s okay to be wrong. You certainly know how difficult it is to try something new if you are afraid of failure.
Teaching children that it’s okay to make mistakes can free them up to try new challenges. In this case, they will learn what works and what doesn’t.
2. Try New Ideas and Approaches to Problem Solving
Various problems require different strategies and methods to solve them. If your child is struggling with a problem, ask him if there is another way he could solve the problem. You may really want to help them solve their problem, but try to restrain yourself.
You can simply help them brainstorm other things that can solve this problem. Offer them to look for other sources of information such as textbooks, online sites, or discussions with other friends.
3. Keep Trying
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An important key in cultivating a growth mindset in children is teaching them to continue trying to solve difficult problems. Even if children can’t see the final solution. For example, children have problems in mathematics at school.
Instead of telling children to just give up and ask the teacher what they should do, ask children to start trying to solve it. The first steps taken will usually provide an opportunity to reach a solution to the problem.
4. Mistakes Help the Brain Grow
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Not only parents, teachers also play an important role in supporting a developmental mindset in children. You need to remind children that mistakes help their brains continue to grow and develop.
When someone makes a mistake, they are forced to find out why so they can learn something new in the process. Apart from that, this method can help children to eliminate some of the fear of making mistakes. This can then encourage children to find the correct answer.
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