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Ready, Set, Grow: The Power Of The Growth Mindset

When it comes to hobbies, it feels comfortable to gravitate towards the activities we excel in naturally. But what happens when we venture into uncharted territory and find ourselves stumbling through something new? If we don’t naturally pick it up right away, the initial excitement can quickly fade into discouragement, especially when there’s not enough time in the day to master the craft.

But what if our hobby wasn't just about mastering one particular thing? What if it was about embracing a mindset—a growth mindset—that opens doors to endless possibilities?

Popularized by psychologists over the years, the growth mindset is a game-changer in the world of learning and personal development. It's the belief that with dedication and effort, our abilities and intelligence can evolve. While this concept holds incredible value for individuals of all ages, it's particularly crucial for children as embracing a can-do attitude is crucial to shaping their beliefs about their own capabilities and potential.

Read on to learn about how a growth mindset can help set your family up for success.

How the growth mindset applies to kids

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Here’s the pennycake take on what your kids might get out of a growth mindset:

Encouraging a growth mindset in children might just be a key ingredient to shaping their beliefs about their abilities and potential. If you yourself walked into every new situation, good or bad, viewing it as a learning opportunity, think about how confident, cool, and collected you’d feel. Helping your kids feel the same, by teaching them to see challenges as opportunities to expand their minds, is bound to create some pretty capable and resilient kids.

Having a positive outlook in the face of adversity is cultivated by a mindset geared towards growth. Planting the seed of optimism early, by helping kids embrace obstacles with confidence, is a wonderful way to help ensure they’ll be open to learning new skills, making new friends, and trying again when they fall down.

Why? Because a growth mindset emphasizes the value of hard work and dedication. It’s simple—seeing each and every day as an opportunity to get stronger sets kids up for creating habits influenced by growth. Could there be a better foundation than that?

How parents can help foster a growth mindset

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The journey towards a growth mindset doesn't end in the classroom—it continues at home, where you can help play a pivotal role in nurturing this mindset in your own children.

  1. Support them verbally, even if they have a ways to go

    Instead of solely focusing on achievements, it's important to celebrate your child's efforts and resilience. Encourage them to keep trying, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. Remind them that doing the hard things usually pays off the most in the end.
  2. Be a role model

    Lead by example by fostering a growth mindset in your own life. Share stories of overcoming obstacles and highlight the importance of perseverance and getting back up again, even when you fall. By sharing your own experiences of overcoming challenges, you can help others see that they too have the power to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Taking it a step further, let them see you fail. It may sound counterintuitive, but showing them a real example of how to handle failure may be just what they need to keep going without fear on a rough day. 
  3. Make every day a chance to grow 

    Create a home environment that encourages curiosity and exploration. Allow your child to experiment and learn from their experiences, and encourage ways they can approach similar situations in the future without fear.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff

    Help your child understand that failure is a natural part of the learning process. Encourage them to reflect on their mistakes and celebrate when they use them as opportunities for growth and improvement.
  5. Embrace the unknown

    Foster a sense of confidence in your child to take on challenges they don’t know the outcome of yet. It can be scary to walk through life without being guaranteed success, but if they’ve always been able to handle the things in their way, there’s no doubt they’ll be able to handle new hurdles, too.

As our little ones step out into the world, instilling them with a "can-do" attitude lets them take on any challenge with confidence and strength. With this mindset, they can bravely explore the twists and turns of life, knowing that every roadblock is just another chance to learn and grow. Let's go on this exciting journey with them— each new discovery and every hurdle they overcome will only help them grow more and more each day.

One of pennycake’s key principles is Kid Empowerment. We aim to instill confidence in kids with each product we design. Our goal is to add a little bit of fun added to your together time, and a whole lot of “you can do it” taught and learned along the way.

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