3/2/16 We begin. The art of clean slate parenting.
The other day my son, André, who is nearly 10 years old, and I were talking about growth mindset vs fixed mindset. (Many thanks to Carol Dweck for her visionary book, “Mindset”.) I asked if he felt like he had a fixed mindset for any of his subjects in school. Because, I told him, I had a fixed mindset about other things (housekeeping, some yoga poses, zumba, earning money ) and I had a growth mindset about some things (parenting, sculpture, meditation, performing).
We agreed that some parts of our life are bathed in the light of growth mindset and that some parts that were clamped down by a fixed mindset. If you have a growth mindset, you see failures as opportunities to learn and grow as opposed to final judgments about your character. If you have a fixed mindset, when you fail you have proved to the world that you are a sham and not worth anything.
They are teaching the 4th and 5th graders at André’s …