What is the ‘growth mindset’? Hints andtips for parents.
It’s been taking the U.S. by storm, and it’s about to hit the shores of the U.K. The ‘growth mindset’ movement is the latest way that psychologists think education could be changed for the better. So before it hits, let’s take a look at what exactly a ‘growth mindset’ is, and why the idea is proving so popular.
The idea originated with Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, and the gist of it is that increased effort generally leads to success. Dweck divides learners into groups with ‘growth mindsets’ and ‘fixed mindsets’, which is the difference between believing thateffort or innate ability drives success.
Basically, Dweck believes that a growth mindset can benefit the way that we learn and improve by helping us to overcome setbacks, like a low test score. It’s already been dubbed the next self-esteem movement.  Without a doubt, it could help your child’s development- so read on for some helpful hints and tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve.
Don’t praise the A grade, praise the effort that it took to achieve it.
This point is first for a reason. It’s definitely the most important part of creating a growth mindset. After an exam or a piece of homework gets marked and handed back, you have two options: to think of the short term success or failure of your child at a particular task, or to think of how to help them grow long term.
Encouraging effort is the cornerstone of a growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck’s own website, telling kids that they’re smart, or naturally gifted encourages a fixed mindset whereas praising hard work encourages a growth mindset. After all, if their success is natural to them, why should they try hard to overcome the challenges they will face in life? This leads to negative long term results as opposed to praising the effort they put in instead. 
Don’t criticise a low test score. Honestly appraise the effort they put in.
Of course, sometimes things go wrong. A piece of homework gets a low mark, or an unexpected question comes up in an exam. But when things do go wrong- and they will go wrong, at some point- it provides your child with an opportunityto grow. Giving bare criticism without a suggestion of how to further improve is absolutely detrimental to development.
By keeping criticism positive, we can encourage rather than discourage future success. Laura Reynolds, an author at InformED, described her experience: after giving a nerve-racking presentation on killer whales, she was harangued with negative feedback about her skills and ability… By her teacher… In front of the entire class!  This put her off public speaking for years to come.
But assessing performance using effort as a metric rather than technical correctness, it’s possible to give constructive criticism to the failure of a test or other task: it gives your child a concrete platform on which to move forward. At the same time, maybe they did put the effort in but failed anyway; being praised for trying their best can help lift their spirits and do better next time. It’s a win-win.
Set a good example by practicing what you preach
Now, this isn’t intended to be a criticism- just an honest appraisal of the effort you put into your own life! Setting a good example should be one of the first steps to encouraging your child to take on a growth mindset. Try taking on a growth mindset towards the everyday challenges of your life, and it will help both you and your child.
For example: do you complain about your job? Are you unhappy about your life? Is your house a tip? Well, what are you doing about it? Your child will know full well if you’re asking them to put the effort into their work, when you don’t put the effort into yours. And that’s likely to put them off the idea altogether.
Encourage your child to try new things
Don’t tell your child to play to their strengths. Far better for growth is to encourage them to try new things- and to turn effort itself into one of their strengths. Some children, for example, take like a duck to water to Maths, or to Art, or to Music; but it’s unlikely that your child will succeed in every single subject.
It’s tempting to tell them, in response to them failing to get to grips with a certain subject: ‘It doesn’t matter. It’s just not your strong suit!’ But this limits their growth, and stops them before they start trying to succeed.
Far better is to tell them that although they might not succeed at first, effort always beats out talent. If your child aces Maths tests but completely fails in Music, encourage them to pick up an instrument. They might not ever ace Music like they do Maths- but they’ll learn a valuable lesson about effort, that what you put in is what you get out.
It’s tempting to think that the ‘growth mindset’ movement might be the answer to complete future success. But it isn’t. Carol Dweck herself says that it is impossible to completely embody the growth mindset, since every single one of us will always be partly fixed in our old ways of thinking, no matter what we do to try and remedy that.
In an article on the subject, she said that ‘if we want to move closer to a growth mindset in our thoughts and practices, we need to stay in touch with our fixed-mindset thoughts and deeds.’  So rather than being something to avoid, a fixed mindset is actually essential to cultivating a growth mindset. Don’t forget that cultivating a growth mindset is a means to an end, and not an end in itself.
James graduated from The University of Sussex in 1996 and completed his P.G.C.E teaching qualification in 1997. Since then, James has worked as both a teacher, examiner and in management across a broad spectrum of the State and Independent Education sectors. He is committed to constantly upgrading his teaching skills and raising standards.
There is so many things parents can teach their children when they are still toddlers. At this young age is when kids are willing to learn almost anything including swimming. However, teaching a kid how to swim can be challenging for anyone. This is because kids have different learning styles compared to adults. That is their abilities, enthusiasm and way of thinking differs significantly from adults. If you want to make a swimming learning process effective for your kids, you need to think like they do. Not literally but put yourself in their shoes and see how you would have reacted if it was you.
There are various factors you need to take into consideration while teaching your kids how to swim. First is their physical appearance. Kids have smaller limbs than adults which mean that they will not swim as fast as adults. Also don’t expect them to learn strokes until their limbs are fully developed. Second, their lung capacity is very small. That means they cannot stay longer under water like adults. And third, the fact that kids have a bigger head than their body makes it harder for them to float in water. You need to take into consideration all these factors while teaching your kid how to swim. This will help you be patient with them as you they learn how to swim.
There is always a learning curve when it comes to swimming. So don’t expect your child to learn quickly how to swim like a dolphin. It takes time. When you are teaching your kids how to swim, expect them to scream when they first come into contact with water. Most kids are scared of water. It will not be easy convincing them to take the leap into water but assure them you will be with them throughout the swimming lesson. Kids are likely to trust you as a parent than strangers. The worst thing you can ever do is throw them into water when they are not ready to swim. Forcing your child to swim can result in unwanted accidents including swallowing water.
So the first thing you will have to teach your child is to love water. You can do this while bathing them in a bath tub. Let them play and enjoy the small pool so that they can come to relate water with fun activities. This will help them calm down when they jump into the big pool.
It is important you teach your kids to have fun while swimming. Even when they are scared of water make the swimming lesson as fun as possible. To make the swimming lesson fun you can start by teaching them how to kick their legs. Most kids enjoy kicking the water just to see how much water they can splash with their feet. Let them understand that kicking their legs helps them move while swimming. Afterwards you can teach them how to use their arms to pull themselves while swimming. With time they will learn how to use their arms and legs to swim through water.
For your kids to relax in water and stay afloat you need to buy them a floatation device. Make sure the floating device enables them to move their arms and legs. Once they are in their floaters you can let them balance on their own in water. A floating device helps a kid learn how to kick their legs and move their feet in water without sinking.
While teaching your kids how to swim it is important you teach them how to hold their breath. They can begin by placing their mouth in water before progressing to nose and mouth. To make it fun, you can let them blow bubbles in water. Kids always love the sound of it. After they muster this, you can teach them how to jump in the pool from the side using the floatation device. Once they grasp these basics you can teach them how to swim in the baby pool. Don’t make the lesson too long and always make it fun. After every lesson, make sure they keep progressing.
For the safety of your child you need to make sure the pool is clean all the time. You can use pool filter to collect any dirt that accumulate on water. Also make sure the steps and the pool floor is clean by choosing the best robotic pool cleaner. Robotic pool cleaner is an automatic pool cleaner that help helps you clean your swimming pool floor effectively. They rely on electricity which means you will not run your pool filter while cleaning the pool.
Teaching your kids is one of the most important life skills you can impart on them. Swimming is a good exercise for them and for their safety. I hope you drew inspiration from these swimming tips.
The few weeks or months that you have for your maternity leave will never be enough. When it is time to go back, you will always feel like you need a few more weeks to be with your newborn. However, you will have to go back to work at some point and so the best thing that you can do as a mom is to ensure that your baby will still be comfortable in your absence.
Knowing that your little angel is in safe hands will give you peace of mind so that you can concentrate on work. And so to make sure that the transition from you maternity leave to work is smooth for you and your newborn you should keep the following tips in mind.
#1 Make Early Preparations
It is vital to make early and adequate preparations for returning to work after giving birth. In fact, you should start planning long before you give birth. Although there are many things that you need to do to ensure sufficient preparations, finding somewhere or someone to take care of the baby is the most important one. Look for the best daycares in your neighborhood and compare them. You should then settle on the best and most convenient one and make the necessary arrangements with them.
#2 Stock Up
There are various items that you will need as you prepare to go back to work. And although you might already have them it is important to make a small checklist of these essential things that you need to make your child comfortable when at work. You will need things like a breast pump, breast milk storage bags, diapers, nursing pads and a good bag for packing your baby’s essentials as you take him to the daycare.
#3 Prepare the New Routine In Advance
You should not just wake up one day, take the baby to the daycare and then proceed to work. A couple of weeks before you have to go back to work you should start preparing your child for the new routine by doing some dry runs.
A simple dry run can entail waking up at the time that you will expect to awaken when going to work. You should then prepare the baby and take him to the daycare to familiarize him with the staff there. These dry runs will not only help to prepare the child but will also help you determine what time you will need to wake up to ensure that you do everything in your morning routine.
#4 Ease In
Easing in is an excellent idea as it will make things easier for both you and the infant. An effective way of doing this involves going back to work in the middle of the week so that you will not be away from the child for five full working days. Also, you can go back a few days before the leave ends and ease in by working for half days. The half days at the daycare will also help your baby transition or adapt to the new routine gradually.
Going back to your job after your maternity leave will not be easy, and the chances are that you will consume most if not all your time thinking about your baby. However, knowing that he is somewhere comfortable and safe will give you some peace. The tips above will help make things easier for both of you, but you should also ensure that you spend enough of your free time with him.
I am Regina, a blogger at MomDiscuss. I love providing many useful tips and guides for all parents or to-be parents on pregnancy stages and baby care.
My little one loves to make things with her hands. We are always trying to find some new and simple craft projects for toddlers on Pinterest. There are so many of them, but I wanted to share some of our favorite ones. These blogs have so many cool ideas, so don’t forget to check them out – you will get so much inspiration, I guarantee you that.
Here are some really simple and fun craft projects for your toddlers and preschoolers.
9 Simple Craft Projects For Toddlers
1. Paper Bowl Jellyfish
This colorful jellyfish craft for toddlers doesn’t require any painting so it’s a perfect mess-free craft for toddlers. One of our favorite simple crafts for toddlers. Source: I Heart Crafty Things
2. Button Snail
This is adorable preschool craft – you can make a wonderful snails using just old cds and colourful buttons. Source: I Heart ArtsNCrafts
3. Painting With Rain
This is a scented homemade paint recipe made from just two ingredients, and one of them is rain. Such a cool idea – one of my favorite simple crafts for toddlers. Source: Learn Play Imagine
4. Handprint Tree
Beautiful Handprint Tree art idea for kids. Perfect for preschoolers exploring Autumn themes and colours. Source: Arty Crafty Kids
5. Handprint Earth Day Craft
Simple handprint crafts are the best choice for toddlers! Source: Crafty Morning
I am a big fan of subscription boxes and I have to say I tried lots of them. But my obsession went another level when I found out there are so many subscription boxes for kids out there.
Here is the ultimate list! If you have some subscription box for kids that is not on the list, just leave the link in the comments section or drop me an email. I was mostly focussed on those that will ship worldwide.
Feel free to check some more subscription boxes on CrateJoy.
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LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription for readers of all ages! LitJoy Crate has a monthly Young Adult book crate, monthly Picture book crate, they also offer one-time products for readers of all ages in their shop.
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Everything you want to know about them you can check on their FAQ page.
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Everything you want to know about them you can check on their FAQ page.
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Price: from $32.99
MyEduCrate is a subscription box service created by certified teachers with exciting, surprising educational themes that will inspire, engage and entertain your children.
Price: from $39.95
Boxes are curated with children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing needs in mind. You will receive a monthly surprise assortment of sensory toys and tools to engage your child in fun, therapeutic play.
Ships to: US and Canada
Price: from $39.95
Reading Bug Box brings the best in children’s literature to your doorstep. Personalized deliveries are matched to a child’s age, interests and reading level.
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Subscription boxes for teens and tween girls with positive messages to uplift and inspire.
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Subscription Box For Kids – other countries
Box For Monkeys
Each box contains something to explore, a recipe to cook, a craft activity to make, ideas to create, a music activity to enjoy, a game to play and a book to read.
Ships to: Australia
Price: from $47,95/month