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“I can’t do this...yet.”
“I’m not good at this...yet.”
“I don’t get it...yet.”

A growth mindset is an important tool for learning. But how does a child adapt this mindset, exactly?

At KidSpirit, we highlight the word “yet.” It underscores the idea that one doesn’t just pick up a basketball then join the WNBA. Practice and persistence are necessary, and so is making mistakes along the way.

When your child becomes frustrated or has negative self-talk, teach them the power of “yet.”

Adding it provides the gift of time to learn, stay curious and reframes our self-talk.

A growth mindset teaches us to let go of perfection, embrace mistakes and, through struggle, reach success. It’s something we adults need to practice too, as part of being life-long learners...and good examples for our children.


Brought to you by:

Karen Swanger is the Director of OSU KidSpirit Oregon 4-H Youth Programs


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