By Leslie Lindsay
If you recall, oh…about two weeks ago, I wrote a blurb about Carol Dweck’s Mindsets. Specially, her ideas about “growth mindsets,” versus “fixed mindsets.” Here’s a little graphic to refresh your memory:
- Gather trash and take it to the garbage can in the garage or back alley
- Help sort laundry, depending on their age and height, they may be able to start a load, or at very least put away their folded laundry.
- Initiate the homework routine by presenting their planner, or pulling out a folder or worksheets. (I won’t sign my daughter’s daily planner unless she asks me to–she has to live with the consequences of forgetting–not receiving a smiley face at school)
- Take charge of their lunches. Sure, I pack them, but they must empty out their lunch boxes and leave them on the counter if they want a new lunch the next day.
- Bring their plate and an adult’s plate to the table at dinner time. Likewise, help clear the table.
- When they get stuck, they ask for help. And they know who to go to for help…a teacher, a friend, an instrutor or coach.
- Help them set realistic goals and expectations.
- In exchange, I try to avoid faint praise and nagging behavior. It truly does help.
Go Grow! Class dismissed.
For more information on Carol Dweck, please see:
- Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck
- Mindset http://mindsetonline.com/
- Highlights magazine interviews Carol Dweck http://www.highlightsparents.com/parenting_perspectives/interview_with_dr_carol_dweck_developing_a_growth_mindset