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Growth Mindset: A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence can be developed. Students with a growth mindset understand they can get smarter through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed. Having a growth mindset can have real benefits. It helps kids (and their families) reframe how they approach challenges. Developing a growth mindset is an ongoing process. Getting and taking feedback from others, learning from mistakes, and finding new ways to approach tasks isn’t easy. But it’s a valuable way to help kids learn that talents can be developed. When it comes to praise, focus on what's called process praise. It is the most helpful type of praise for promoting a growth mindset. The most important thing to praise is how they approached the challenge, not how hard they tried or how well they did. It puts the emphasis on the steps your child took to get to the end result. By focusing on process, it shows that getting stuck, asking for help, and trying new strategies are important, too. Most notably, adopting a growth mindset means believing that even if you fail at something, you can still succeed. Kids need to know that the people around them believe they can find ways to fix mistakes.
Kids with a growth mindset believe their abilities can improve over time.
Praise the way your child approached a challenge—not just the effort.
Talking about learning from failure can help kids develop a growth mindset.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is defined as the ability to pay attention to the present moment with kindness and curiosity without judgment. The goal of mindfulness is to intentionally draw awareness to thoughts, feelings, or sensations as they happen from moment to moment. Mindfulnesshelps individuals stay calm under stress, avoid getting too upset, get along better with others, and be more patient. ... Not surprisingly, practicing mindfulness can help kids and teens learn how to manage stress, regulate their emotions, focus on the task at hand, and develop a positive outlook on life. Mind Yeti You Tube videos for students: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sYqsD2WZQ&list=PLiaUKiwbiHMQDQLCXoPaMMYotldKlUQCw
Anxiety: Anxiety means feeling worried, nervous or fearful. We all experience anxiety at times and some anxiety can be helpful. For example, feeling some anxiety before a test, interview or public-speaking can help motivate you to prepare for it. Anxiety becomes a problem when it gets in the way of the child or youth's ability to participate in day to day life. Another sign that anxiety is becoming a problem is when a child is experiencing a high level of upset or distress over a period of time. When the anxiety happens too often and gets in the way of doing things at home, at school or with friends, it's important to seek help.