Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids

Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids

by Mary Cay Ricci, Margaret Lee


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Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids by Mary Cay Ricci, 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 whereMindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kidscomes 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618215246
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 260,835
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mary Cay Ricci is an education consultant, speaker, and author of the New York Times best-selling education title, Mindsets in the Classroom and its companion book, Ready-to-Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom.

Margaret Lee is an education administrator and consultant in Maryland. Over the last 20 years, she has been a teacher, professional learning specialist, and school administrator.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Chapter 1 What Are Mindsets and How Do They Affect Our Children? 1

Chapter 2 What Is the Role of Parents in Developing a Growth Mindset? 13

Chapter 3 How Do Our Praise and Feedback Impact Our Children's Mindsets? 33

Chapter 4 Why Is it Important for Children to Understand How the Brain Works? 51

Chapter 5 How Can We Develop Perseverance and Resiliency in Our Children? 69

Chapter 6 What About Mindsets at School? 81

Chapter 7 How Can I Develop a Growth Mindset for My Child in Sports and the Arts? 101

Chapter 8 What Are Some Growth Mindset Experiences That I Can Try at Home? 121

Final Thoughts 139

Appendix A Answer Keys 141

Appendix B Growth Mindset Poster 147

Appendix C Discussion Questions for Book Club 149

Appendix D Mindsets for Parents Workbook 153

References 161

About the Authors 167

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Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
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. http://www.momsradius.com/2017/04/book-review-mindset-for-parents.html
vaelee More than 1 year ago
As a long-time consultant in the field of adult education (aka training and development), I assumed that the business sector had a lock on all the great techniques for improving people performance. Then, about 15 years ago, I began working with educators on school improvement projects…and learned just how much they have to teach us about professional development. This book is a perfect example of a best practice that is too often ignored in other sectors – the growth mindset. This book teaches parents how to ignite the growth mindset in their children, but honestly, there are great ideas in here for people of any age (and their organizations) who value life-long learning and growth. I also appreciate how practical and useable the book is – in addition to copious examples, there are tools to help us try, practice, implement and enjoy success with these techniques - checklists, forms, reflection and discussion questions, posters. Even though I’m not a parent, Mary Cay Ricci and Meg Lee have infused my professional work with fresh ideas, and inspired me to celebrate and nurture my own growth mindset.