How to Teach Kids To Stick With Challenging Things
To do well in school and life, kids need to learn how to stick with something, even if it's hard.
Perseverance plus passion equals grit (Duckworth (2016).
Below are four key steps for adults to help kids to stick with challenging things.
Identify something hard to work on. With your child (or as a family), identify a hard thing to work on for the next week or two. It can be anything as long as it's something the person wants or needs to do, it's a goal that can be accomplished, the person might struggle with it, and the person agrees to stick with it.
Encourage each other. Someone is likely to get discouraged or want to quit. Encourage each other through the process. For example, if someone says, "This is too hard," encourage them to say, "This will take some time and effort." (Our conversation prompts can help!)
Reflect. Ask your child how it feels to be doing the activity. What feels hard? What could make it easier or more doable? Oftentimes, it’s a matter of asking someone for help and patiently solving problems, one by one, little by little.
Check in regularly. Check in and see how everyone is doing with their hard thing.
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