1st Edition

Mindsets for Parents Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids

By Mary Cay Ricci, Margaret Lee Copyright 2016
    184 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it's not just about giving your kids praise or setting them on the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset. That's where Mindsets for Parents: Strategies to Encourage Growth Mindsets in Kids comes in. Designed to provide parents with 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 brain research, and suggested strategies and resources for use with children of any age. This book gives parents and guardians 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!

    Acknowledgments 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 References About The Authors


    Mary Cay Ricci is an education consultant and speaker. She was previously the Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Education for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds certification in gifted and talented education and administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University, where she is currently a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education.

    Margaret ("Meg") Lee, coauthor of Mindsets for Parents with Mary Cay Ricci, is the Supervisor of Advanced Academics for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. In this role, she has overseen an expansion of programming for students and professional learning for staff and has been privileged to work with elementary, middle, and high schools.

    I think using the ideas in this book about how to praise students and give them feedback in order to encourage a growth mindset can help lead students to discover they have many more talents than they realized . . . I enjoyed reading this book and will probably read it again. I felt like I got some wonderful, practical ideas that I can use when working with math students and with teachers who work with students, my own children, and even my nephews. If you interact with children at all, I would strongly recommend this book.,Lori Hochstetler,MiddleWeb, 9/29/16
    The text discusses how parents can develop perseverance and resiliency in children, and how parents can develop a growth mindset for their children outside of the home . . . There are multiple-choice questions, fixed mindset statements, a poster page, discussion questions for book clubs, and a parents' workbook. A table of contents, an appendix, and lists of additional references are included. This thorough study of a method for helping children learn and succeed should be of interest to adults looking for guidance in these areas. ,Vicki Foote,Children's Literature, 8/1/16
    The authors succeed in relating the research and guidance in a very understandable way in a succinct 150 pages. Their advice and examples will appeal to a wide target audience of parents, ranging from those with young children to college-age youth. Ricci and Lee provide many illustrations about how parents' feedback can focus on children's effort, strategy, and persistence rather than assumed inherent abilities. ,Steven A. Meyers,American Psychological Association, PsycCRITIQUES, 11/7/16