The Growth Mindset
What is the growth mindset?
A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence improves through study and practice. Children with a growth mindset tend to see challenges as opportunities to grow because they understand that they can improve their abilities by pushing themselves. If something is hard, they understand it will push them to get better.
Developing the right mindset early on is crucial for a successful, happy life. When kids learn that putting forth effort and using the right strategies can help them get better at things, they feel empowered, and try harder. When they know their brains are capable of growing, they are more confident, resilient, and are not afraid to fail!
So how do we TEACH this simple and incredible concept to children? To start, be sure to understand the basics.
As an organization, we witness firsthand that kids are in crisis. At ages earlier than prior generations, kids experience loneliness, anxiety, academic stress and social pressure. When children become stuck in negative self-talk or can’t push through their fear of failure, Kids 24/7 stands in the gap with caring adults, helpful resources and empower kids with a practical tool belt to handle life’s emotional challenges. At the High 5 Club and KIDS Academy we create engaging environments to help kids develop a resilient mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence. We recognize parents are a child’s first teacher and therefore it is critical to include them in all we do. We offer parent groups and classes to build skills and relationships.
The tremendous need for mental health and creative prevention programs has led Kids 24/7 to develop a Community Collaboration Initiative. Kids 24/7 believes working together is better than working alone. We partner with individuals, schools, businesses and non-profits to find innovative solutions to the problems kids and families are facing with the goal of building resilient, thriving communities.
PHYSICAL FITNESS & PLAY
Winning is not as important as being involved and enjoying the activity. One of the most important questions to ask children is “Did you have fun?’’ not “Did you win?”
In our goal-oriented society, we often acknowledge only success and winning. This attitude can be discouraging and frustrating to children who are learning and experimenting with new activities. It’s more important for children to participate and enjoy themselves.