Cultivating a growth mindset in children and teens by Dr. Munn Saechao, Online Therapist for Professional Women of Color and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA.

Hi there, I’m Dr. Munn, I am a psychotherapist specializing in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD and high functioning autism. 

So many high performing and high achieving individuals experience performance anxiety, but we don’t talk about it. Having had performance anxiety for a fair amount of my life I have come to learn over the course of time and experience that there are things we can do to alleviate anxiety and improve our performance, whether at school, work, etc.

The key factors that have enabled me to work through my performance anxiety are as followed: (1) believing that I can learn; (2) working hard; (3) developing effective strategies and adjusting those strategies when they aren’t working; (4) accessing resources; and (5) asking for help.

What I didn’t know at the time was that I had a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. I believed that I could figure things out and would adjust my approach if I encountered a roadblock. We too can teach our children and teens to develop a growth mindset by applying principles that foster growth, resilience, perseverance, rather than stagnation, self-doubt, and fear.

Today, I encourage you to praise your child and teen’s effort and allow them to make mistakes; if we don’t allow our children and teens to make mistakes without judgement and shame, how will they learn effectively?

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Disclaimer: The content in this post is only intended to increase your knowledge on parenting and child development; it is not online therapy. If you’re concerned about your child’s immediate safety please call 911 and consult with a licensed clinician about any clinical symptoms you are observing in your child. .