One of the best books I read last year was Mindset By Carol Dweck. Okay, I listened to it on Audible, but that still counts…right?
In Mindset, Dweck a Stanford psychologist lays out her decades of research on achievement and success.
There are lots of gems in there for parents on how we can help motivate our kids and emphasize work ethic over natural abilities. For example, if your kid does well on a test or during their little league game, Dweck instructs parents to give shout outs on how hard they worked to accomplish something rather than “you are a math genius” or “you are my little athlete.” When they inevitably fail at something, that failure can sometimes be tied to their identity instead of their ability to learn, work and accomplish goals.
It’s a really great book to drive a love of learning and it gives a framework to help our kids dust themselves off and keep grinding when they fall down.
The RSA created an great animated video that dives deeper into Dweck’s research and I think it’s super helpful for moms and dads.