Now that you are armed with this information about how to promote a growth mindset, what’s next? What do your children need to do to grow? For a growth mindset to work, they need to keep setting goals, goals for growth. (This process works for you as well to help them grow).

  1. Make a copy of the visual below and tape it somewhere your child will see everyday, e.g., a bathroom or bedroom mirror.
  2. Use it each morning as a reminder of the differences between fixed and growth mindset.
  3. Then, ask the questions: “What are the opportunities for learning and growth today? For myself? For the people around me? (this 2d question is especially important for you as a parent)
  4. As you think of the opportunities, form a plan and make it concrete, by answering the following questions:
    • When, where and how will I enact this plan?
    • When obstacles are encountered, the questions need to be asked and answered again.
    • When success is not achieved, ask: “What do I have to do to maintain and continue growth?” (Dweck, p. 263).
  5. Remember the wisdom of Alex Rodriguez, the baseball player: “You either go one way or the other.”\
  6. Let your child be the one who decides the direction.
  7. Remember that change is difficult but worth it. (Dweck, p. 262-64).