Questions to foster a growth mindset in children and adolescents by Dr. Munn Saechao, online therapist for professional women of color and child and adolescent psychotherapist in Mountain View, CA

A fixed mindset fosters self-doubt, insecurities, and fear of failure. A growth mindset fosters self-esteem, confidence, and endurance.

Reinforcement of a growth mindset is critical during adolescence because of the natural challenges that come from this stage of development. While there are statements we can make to foster a growth mindset, there are also questions we can ask to promote a growth mindset. What’s important is that these statements and questions allow our children to attune to their learning process.

When children and adolescents become aware of what helps/doesn’t help them learn, they become more empowered to initiate and tackle tasks independently.

We can help our children & adolescents to become more mindful of barriers and supports to learning. Once they develop a growth mindset, more likely than not, they will lean into challenge.

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