As parents and teachers, we play a crucial role in developing our children’s attitude towards learning. We all want our children to have a positive attitude in life, and that begins with a positive impression of themselves. This leads us to tell them that they are smart, intelligent and so forth. What we may not realize is that this sort of praise may have unintended results that may shape their outlook towards not only learning but also practically everything they encounter in life.
How is it that some people seem to be drawn to new challenges while others stick to tried-and-true things? Why do some children deemed smart when they were young seem not to deliver on their promise while other children considered average go on to do great things? Whether it is academics or athletics, this scenario seems to play out time and again.