Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids by Mary Cay Ricci and Margaret Lee
All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids comes in. Designed to provide parents with a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, this book's conversational style and real-world examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. This book gives parents and guardians powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life's challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success!
I read this book for a two-part parent book discussion at my son's school. Growth mindset and fixed mindset were terms I was only vaguely familiar with before reading this book. Afterwards I was intimately aware of their meaning. In that sense this book was a terrific overview of these concepts for parents.
I took the quiz at the beginning of the book and was not too surprised to discover that I have a rather fixed mindset about learning and ability. I was praised for being smart my whole life, and I strongly believe that my ability is based on something innate within me. And I feel the same about my son. This book did point out that emphasizing intelligence over hard work can make it difficult for children when they're faced with new experiences requiring skills that they don't already possess. I know I have always shied away from things that I don't do well.
Coupled with the book discussion with our school's vice principal, I learned a lot about how to speak to my son about perseverance and persistence. I have found myself trying to encourage him to try again or put forth some additional effort in the things he's been doing lately - video games, building marble tracks, etc. I am still struggling with the academic side of things because it comes rather easily to him, but I know we can use other areas, i.e. sports, etc., to help him build a growth mindset that will help him all throughout his life.
This book features a decent amount of concrete examples for children of all ages. But without talking to other parents, I don't know that it would have been quite as effective for me. As I said above, it's a great introduction, but parents truly looking to implement growth mindset practices may need to go further in their studies.
My Rating: 3 Stars