Parents, don’t let your children have all the fun on World Book Day…get involved.
This one is an oldie but a goodie - Mindset by Carol Dweck.
Such an interesting book on, amongst other things, how our words can influence a child’s mindset towards areas such as sport and school subjects.
Your child may not reach their full potential in something because they have a ‘fixed mindset’, in other words they believe you are born with talent and no amount of effort will change their ability.
That is where they’re wrong and the book explains this with some great, real-life examples of how we as parents, coaches and teachers can help children switch to a ‘growth mindset’ simply by changing how we speak to them.
Something as simple as praising effort over the end result can have such a positive impact. This is something that we are big on at Foot-Tech.
We say it all the time, continuous hard-work and effort towards something will bring results. When a child recognises that, and is happy with the challenges that come with developing a skill/learning a new subject etc, they will have so much more chance of reaching their potential.
This book should be mandatory reading for all those, shall we say, more ‘vocal’ Sunday morning football Mum’s and Dad’s!