Be honest when something is tricky for you. Tell kids when you’re discouraged, share your fixed mindset thoughts and brainstorm solutions aloud. Show them we’re ALL learning this growth mindset thing together!

Step 2: Discuss Feelings

Discuss how positive feelings such as satisfaction, contentment, and happiness come from persisting through challenges and not giving up when it gets difficult.

When stuck in a fixed mindset, share how you felt sad, anxious, or even hopeless. Negative feelings happen to everyone and are perfectly normal. At the same time, they may serve as clues that you need to shift your thinking and attitude.

You can use the Calming Strategies for Adults and Strategies to Keep Me Calm (Resilience Kit) to discuss ways you can manage negative feelings when they become overwhelming so you can keep going and not give up.

Step 3: Set a New Goal

Set a personal goal to learn something new and share your learning process with your child or students. How did you feel at the start? What can you do to make sure you don’t give up before achieving it? Review ways children can set and meet their own goals.

Step 4: Use The Power of YET
With one simple word, any fixed mindset phrase can be transformed into a statement of hope. “I can’t do this…yet.” It’s all about the FUTURE, and not giving up until we get there. Make a “YET” bulletin board or designate a wall at home for all the things you can’t do…yet!

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