Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset
We all love to see our kids excel in everything they do. There is no doubt that when our Krav kids nail a certain defense, or tell their instructor about how they used their words to set boundaries with another kid at school, everyone involved shares a sense of accomplishment. BUT it is only a matter of time before our young warriors come across something that challenges them.
The kids that enter our Krav Junior program will eventually face their own unique challenges, and we want them to realize that challenges are a good thing! Overcoming training obstacles is how one improves, so it’s super important to help your child realize that what they’re going through is normal. We believe in the power of a growth mindset, which allows one to see challenges as potential for improvement, not as failures.
Here is a quick list of things you can do or say to help your child build a positive growth mindset!
1) How does this make you feel?
Often times when our children run into obstacles, they feel disappointed in the fact that either they let you down, or they let themselves down. It is important to allow them to take the time to process their feelings and to not use blanket statements like “you will be ok” or “get back on that horse”. Those statements would be better used after they are able to process their emotions.
2) Hug it out
When you are kids are feeling upset, they are experiencing a major dose of cortisol (stress hormone). A nice hug will help trigger the release of oxytocin (connection chemical) and will help reduce the level of cortisol in their system. Even a high five can help, try using the “up high, down low, too slow” approach for added smiles!
3) Come up with a plan
Once we work past the initial emotional downswing, resolve to set a plan to help overcome whatever the challenge was. A great way to go about this is to set goals! When doing so start small and break the main goal down into smaller, easily digestible that are more attainable. Once you develop some momentum, then raise the bar and make your goals just a little bit harder. Keep doing this until you have overcome the initial challenge.
4) Focus on growth
Some things are extremely difficult, and everyone has a different experience. What may be hard for your child, may be easy for another and vice versa. The goal here is to help our little warriors be focused on their own personal growth and not get lost comparing themselves to others. Remind them that what matters is that they give 100% and at the end of the day, YOU will be proud of them for that!
Using these tips will help provide your young warrior with a sense of confidence and self-esteem when they face a challenge on the mat or in life. Remember to be consistent because developing a positive inner voice will begin with YOU. If you are able to foster a positive growth mindset on the outside, this will become their inner voice that will stay with them for a VERY long time!