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Let us now praise the process

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:40 a.m. HST, May 18, 2014

~~<p>How parents talk to their children has a huge impact on whether the kids believe that their intelligence, talent and ability can grow with hard work. Instilling this &quot;growth mindset&quot; has lifelong benefits, just as the pitfalls of a failure-fearing, challenge-averse &quot;fixed mindset&quot; also linger.</p>
<p>&quot;We don't rule out that temperament plays a role, but we found that parent praise plays a big role,&quot; said Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, who has devoted her career to exploring how children cope with failure. &quot;How parents praised their babies at 1, 2 and 3 years old predicted that child's desire for challenge five years later. And that desire for challenge, in turn, predicts behavior in middle school and high school. So it starts early.&quot;</p>
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How parents talk to their children has a huge impact on whether the kids believe that their intelligence, talent and ability can grow with hard work. Instilling this "growth mindset" has lifelong benefits, just as the pitfalls of a failure-fearing, challenge-averse "fixed mindset" also linger.

"We don't rule out that temperament plays a role, but we found that parent praise plays a big role," said Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, who has devoted her career to exploring how children cope with failure. "How parents praised their babies at 1, 2 and 3 years old predicted that child's desire for challenge five years later. And that desire for challenge, in turn, predicts behavior in middle school and high school. So it starts early." Login for more...



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