Praise Effort Not Natural Ability

Growth Mind-Set 
'If we foster a growth mind-set in our schools and homes we will give our children the tools to succeed in their pursuits.'
I was reading an article by: Carol S. Dweck, in the Scientific American Mind regarding the way we encourage our children and it dawned on me 
 how we are responding unknowingly and unintentionally incorrectly toward our children in praising them and encouraging them toward becoming 
successful in their pursuits. 
It is amazing to know that it is very unhelpful to praise their ability or intelligence, ie: 'Wow, you are so clever'.. rather than their effort, persistence, 
willingness to try harder and face challenges.
This article showed that children who put value on the learning rather than getting good marks were more successful.
We need to start praising our kids for the effort they put in rather than saying 'you so clever'.
No more 'clever boy'... rather.. 'Well done my boy, you tried hard and look how well you did that' or 'that is a great drawing the detail of the.... is lovely' etc.
Praise Effort not Ability.

About World Wide Open Mind

Nicolas and myself Sasha are on a quest to find a way to educate our kids while exploring the world on our yacht.. The Adventures of Sea Eagle and the Fauchereau Family
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