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GRIT!

Monday, October 30, 2017

GRIT - Equipping our children to become the best they can be! 

The world is changing fast but some things stay the same. The big question for parents everywhere has always been “How do we equip our children to become the best they can be - happy, contributing members of the “teams” that are our families, schools, workplaces and communities?”

There are lots of theories – but the answer that sums it up best is - “Grit” – that mixture of resilience, stamina and determination that comes from understanding that challenge, struggle and pain are an integral part of the journey of life and that learning from ‘failure’ builds strength of character and wisdom.

Research - and common sense - suggest that a key ingredient of grit is the strength we gain by learning positive lessons from our mistakes, and by making habits of the thoughts, actions and behaviours that are life affirming.

Children thrive when they feel the security that comes from clear, consistent rules, when guidelines are the same for everyone and designed to build respect – for each other, for their own property and the property of others. They develop grit (resilience) in safe places where the consequences of their actions and behaviours are fair and consistent.

That’s not to say they should to be coddled – far from it. It’s not about being protected from all danger – it’s about them feeling that they know the rules of the particular context – the game, the place or circumstance they are in.

We all learn best when we feel secure and “game” enough to try things, in the knowledge that we won’t be scorned for failures and that our progress and successes will be acknowledged and valued.

 

Hear more on the positive affects of "Grit" from TED Talk presenter Angela Lee Duckworth in the video below.