Importance of a sense of belonging

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on why instilling a sense of belonging in your children is so important to his or her success
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Importance of a sense of belonging

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A sense of belonging, research shows, is really important for children to succeed in school and in life. The whole idea that you belong here, you’re appreciated here, whether it’s by your family or in a school setting, you are expected to do well here, is crucial in order for a child to grow their skills and be motivated to achieve.

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on why instilling a sense of belonging in your children is so important to his or her success

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Carol Dweck, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology. 

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

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