Posted by Counselor Jennifer Cullen on 10/31/2018 1:35:00 PM
Elementary school is the perfect time to dream big about the future. Parents can talk to their children early and often about how to set and reach goals. They can help children understand that goal setting and hard work are essential in success. Parents might share personal stories of struggles that were overcome. Work together to develop problem-solving skills with when the child reaches a point of difficulty. Help children by demonstrating grit and embracing the fear of failure.
The following are some ideas to help parents support their students as they experience some of life’s tough lessons:
Encourage your children to find something they are passionate about. Help them understand that practice, hard work, and perseverance are the surest way to achievement.
Help your child establish a “growth mindset.” People with a growth mindset are more likely to push through struggle because they understand that hard work is part of the process and failure is not a permanent condition.
Take risks and step out of your comfort zone. Let children see that failure is a part of success.
Teach your child that failure is not the end. Don’t let your protective instincts rob your child of valuable learning experiences.
Working together to build confidence and optimism will help children power through low moments and become intentional in the quest for their goals.