2nd Edition

Mindsets for Parents Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids

By Mary Cay Ricci, Margaret Lee Copyright 2024
    198 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    198 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Prufrock Press

    All parents want their children to be successful, but success is not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. That’s where the updated edition of Mindsets for Parents comes in!

    Designed to provide a roadmap for developing a growth mindset home environment, this book’s conversational style and real-world examples make the popular mindsets topic approachable and engaging. It includes tools for informally assessing the mindsets of both parent and child, easy-to-understand updated brain research, brand new examples and prompts for self-reflection, as well as suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. Also included in this updated edition are book club questions, designed to get parent groups thinking and collaborating in order to make the most of these strategies.

    This book gives parents, guardians, coaches, caregivers, and anyone who works with children powerful knowledge and methods to help themselves and their children learn to embrace life’s challenges with a growth mindset and an eye toward increasing their effort and success!



    Chapter 1: What are Mindsets and How Do They Affect Our Children?

    Chapter 2: What is the Role of Parents in Developing a Growth Mindset?

    Chapter 3: How Do Our Praise and Feedback Impact Our Children’s Mindsets?

    Chapter 4: Why Is it Important for Children to Understand How the Brain Works?

    Chapter 5: How Can We Develop Perseverance and Resiliency in Our Children?

    Chapter 6: What About Mindsets at School?

    Chapter 7: How Can I Develop a Growth Mindset for My Child in Sports and the Arts?

    Chapter 8: What Are Some Growth Mindset Experiences That I Can Try at Home?

    Final Thoughts

    Appendix A: Answer Keys

    Appendix B: Growth Mindset Poster

    Appendix C: Discussion Questions for Book Club

    Appendix D: Mindsets for Parents Workbook

    About the Authors


    Mary Cay Ricci is an education consultant, speaker, and author of The New York Times best- selling education book, Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Growth Mindset School Community; its companion, Ready- to- Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom; children’s book, Nothing You Can’t Do! The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets, and a book for education administrators, Create a Growth Mindset School: An Administrator’s Guide to Leading a Growth Mindset Community. She is a former teacher and central office administrator. Mary Cay holds a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

    Margaret "Meg" Lee is a public-school educator, holding many roles from English teacher to school administrator to director of organizational development. Meg’s work in the field of learning science led to projects with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning, the Education Writers Association, and the International Society for Technology in Education. She has written for EdSurge, Impact: The Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, and researchED Magazine, and speaks at gatherings of educators across the United States and in Europe.

    Often a simple change in what we do reaps great rewards. Lee and Ricci illustrate how a switch from "people praise" to "process praise" leads to increased motivation, acceptance of new challenges, and the realization that errors are simply roadmaps pointing to the direction of learning as the power of Yet is embraced. As teachers and parents, isn’t this the mindset we hope for our children?

    Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S., co-author, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning and Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning; author, A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching

    Meg Lee and Mary Cay Ricci do something quite rare -- they speak both the language of the child and the language of research, without an accent in either. This is an accessible, intelligent and practical guide to understanding what goes on under the hood of a young person's mind and motivation, and it provides many hours of reflection to the dedicated reader. 

    Tom Bennett, Founder, researchED

    Parenting is the hardest job on the planet. Likewise, the research around mindset is sometimes complex and confounding. Authors Meg and Mary Cay manage to shine a light and provide a brilliant clear path on how to navigate both in this practical evidence-based book that every parent should read.

    Bradley Busch, chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive