Steps for developing tenacity, ‘stickability,’ willpower, passion & perseverance, otherwise known as ‘GRIT’ in your kids so they develop self-confidence, self-esteem & self-belief.
Posted by: Sue Atkins
Helicopter parenting, coupled with the belief that we should never let our children fail, have given rise to kids who are ill-prepared to cope with life’s challenges. With more research showing that ‘over involved’ parenting leads to more anxious and entitled kids, it’s clear that grit and resilience will benefit children in school and once they get into the real world.
Millennials-and-younger kids have grown up in a culture that celebrates overnight successes – as they’ve seen billionaire tech entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerman, Jeff Bezos and YouTube sensations take the world by storm overnight.
Kids today need to hear about how Harry Potter author J.K Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before getting her first book published , how Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star newspaper because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas” or how Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything” yet after that he went on to hold more than 1,000 patents and invented some world-changing devices, like the electric bulb after 1,000 unsuccessful attempts. They need to ponder Michelangelo taking 4 years to paint the Sistine Chapel or the Egyptians taking 20 to build one pyramid.
Perhaps they need to hear more modern role models talk about Grit.
As Rita Ora recently said
“I assert myself in things that I want to achieve, and I just don’t give up.” ~Rita Ora~ Musician
Ed Sheeran was mercilessly bullied at school for having ginger hair, wearing large glasses and having a port wine birth mark on his face as well as having a stutter. He picked up a guitar and stuck with it…..
I’m currently writing a new eCourse for the members of my Parenting Club on ‘Steps for developing tenacity, ‘stickability,’ willpower, passion & perseverance otherwise known as ‘GRIT’ so your kids can develop self-confidence, self-esteem & self-belief.
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Take a look at my ‘Can Do Kid Journal for Super Heroes’ which I wrote to help children feel more confident, more assertive and more relaxed in all areas of their lives knowing that they have some tried and tested strategies, simple practical techniques, and a highly effective set of tools, empowering them to make some small changes quickly & easily that will make a COMPLETE difference to their lives.
The ‘Can Do Kid’ Journal is written to empower a generation of children to become creative, innovative, independent, resourceful, resilient & confident in their own abilities to try new things, and be resourceful enough to tackle anything and bounce back after setbacks.
It will build the positive mindset, motivation & long term self-confidence & self-worth that children need to succeed as they learn to develop a ‘Can Do Kid’ attitude to Life.