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Here’s a question for all you parents: How healthy is your parenting mindset? Let’s really give this some thought. Are you frequently frustrated by your children? Do you believe their behaviors, especially those undesirable ones, reflect negatively on your parenting? Do you find yourself secretly judging and shaming other parents for their mistakes because it makes you feel less insecure about your so-called parenting failures? The truth is that your parenting approach is significantly impacted by your parenting mindset.
Stanford psychologist, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, has written extensively about mindset over the last several decades and particularly how mindset predicts achievement and success. I think of mindset as an individual’s set of beliefs and attitudes that predetermines his or her interpretation and response to life’s circumstances and especially challenges and difficulties. In her mindset theory, Dr. Dweck describes two types of mindset – fixed and growth.
With a fixed mindset, intelligence is something you are born with and does not change. The primary goal is to appear smart. Challenges are to be avoided. Disappointment and failure lead to discouragement and choosing to give up. Criticism is taken personally.
With a growth mindset, intelligence can be honed and developed. The primary goal is mastery. Challenges are embraced. Disappointment and failure represent an opportunity to try something new or do something a different way. Criticism helps you see areas for improvement rather than proof of your ineptitude.
Cultivating a healthy parenting mindset is so important. Otherwise you run the risk of feeling like a bad parent when your kids misbehave or when you yell at your children or miss an event like I did when I missed a Mother’s Day tea one year (ultimate parenting fail).
Here are 10 TIPS for cultivating a healthy parenting mindset:
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