How to teach your Child to have a Growth Mindset?


28 December 2020                

Read time: 3 minutes


A Growth Mindset is quite powerful in terms of learning and success. Anybody who exercises their Growth Mindset is way ahead of their time and is often known to become a problem solver.

Carol Dweck, a renowned researcher in the field of motivation and education believes that every child can develop a Growth Mindset and improve themselves.

All they need is a little guidance. In this article, we’ve put down four concise steps that will help you guide your child towards developing a Growth Mindset.

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How to have a Growth Mindset?

The key to instilling a growth mindset is teaching kids that their brains are like muscles that can be strengthened through hard work and persistence. To reinforce that as parents, it's important to praise effort over outcome. How to have a Growth Mindset is mentioned below in the Downloadable PDF.

📥 How to have a Growth Mindset?


What are the 4 ways to teach your child about the Growth Mindset?

Teach them that their brains evolve

The first thing your child should know is that intelligence isn’t fixed. The more effort they put in, the more their brains evolve.

Family with their little daughter helping her to walk

The simplest example for this is, when a baby begins to walk, they fall down after the first two to three steps. However, the next time they attempt to walk, they usually take a few more steps before falling. It’s because their brain has already understood what went wrong and tries to do better.

Model a Growth Mindset at home

Your child grows up watching you every day. So it’s important to be an example to them. Show them that you are a constant learner. Help them see that hard work yields positive results.

A person who is looking to challenge other people for a fight

Once they see that you set challenging goals for yourself and strive to achieve them, they will also find the motivation to challenge themselves and improve their knowledge. Your child will then also become a constant learner.

Recognise effort over success

Instead of appreciating results, congratulate your child on the amount of hard work they put in to get the result. This will help them understand that when they build a strong foundation, they can reach to any new heights.

Group of people appreciating her work in the project

Failure is part of learning and has absolutely nothing at all to do with how clever or capable they are. It's an opportunity to learn, in disguise.

Celebrate mistakes and struggle

Mistakes are a sign of progress. Make sure that you encourage your child to make mistakes and move ahead. Most children nowadays get demotivated with mistakes and their interest in learning begins to decrease.

Young woman standing in front of mirror motivating and confident on herself

This shouldn’t be the case with your child. Help them understand that making a mistake is one way that the brain evolves.


Growth mindset might be a general perspective on testing material and tackling difficult issues, however it is ridiculous for you to consistently be sharing a development attitude towards your child.

But, don't pound yourself up if you find yourself saying something to your child that doesn't encourage him to improve his skills.No one is perfect all of the time.

Sometimes a small shift in the language can drastically change a phrase’s meaning and a kid’s worldview. Another way of improving the growth mindset is by telling stories that will motivate them to work towards their goals which helps their dreams become a reality.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is growth and fixed mindset?

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. ... In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.

What is a growth mindset examples?

A fixed mindset in this scenario is convincing yourself that you can't make them happy or that things won't go well for you at all. A growth mindset example for this is having the confidence that you'll make it through. Sure, it's possible that you will make mistakes, but it's an opportunity for you to learn.

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