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Resolutions and Growth Mindset

Friday, December 30, 2022 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

It's that time of year again! As we change the calendar to a new year, we're often encouraged to think about what we resolve to do differently in the new year -- how will we improve ourselves or fix our myriad flaws? 

Personally, I do find some value in taking advantage of the change in calendar to do a little retrospective and set some goals. But there are a few different ways to look at New Year's Resolutions and they can have a huge impact on how we view ourselves. 

  1. Ignore them completely (admirable, but you may need something to tell your teacher on the first day back to school) 
  2. Focus on what you need to fix (who needs another excuse to think about their flaws? Boo to this!) 
  3. Identify opportunities to grow (I try to land here and check myself if I start to slide into focusing on flaws) 

Finding the right approach is especially important when we talk to our kids about resolutions. This is a great time to talk about growth mindset and how we frame our mistakes and failures. 

Are you or your kid interested in diving in deeper? There are a bunch of resources on growth mindset available on Khan Academy for all ages! 

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