Tips for encouraging your child to take responsibility

Carol Dweck, PhD Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on the best ways to encourage their kids to take on increased responsibility
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Tips for encouraging your child to take responsibility

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We always want our children to take responsibility for their actions, but a lot of the time they are blaming other people or finding excuses. That often comes out of a fixed mindset that often comes out of a message they've heard: if you're wrong, that's a terrible thing; if it's your fault, you're not a good person. And so they feel they have to deflect it and protect themselves from being blamed. If you convey to your child they are a work in progress, they make mistakes, they learn from them, they make mistakes, you discuss them and figure out what to do better next time, they'll be far more likely to take responsibility.

Carol Dweck, PhD Psychologist and Author, shares advice for parents on the best ways to encourage their kids to take on increased responsibility

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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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