The importance of challenging your children

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on the importance of encouraging your children to try something challenging and pushing them out of their comfort zone
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The importance of challenging your children

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It's incredibly important to get your child to try something challenging. This is the way they learn. This is the way they stretch themselves. This is the way they discovered their passions that they never knew they had. In a fixed mindset, kids are afraid to learn something new. They would rather do the same thing over and over and keep being successful, keep looking smart; or at least not dumb. What we know now, by pushing yourself, you are constantly growing in ways you never anticipated and you fulfill your potential. The most successful people were and are the people who push out of their comfort zone, growing their skills.

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on the importance of encouraging your children to try something challenging and pushing them out of their comfort zone

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Carol Dweck, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology. 

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

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