There is a way that your child should be thinking that builds their self-confidence. Functional thinking, which is rooted in principles of the growth mindset, supports neurological pathways in the brain that help foster a strong belief in oneself and one’s abilities.

Children need help understanding how to put these brain messages to good use in order to develop their potential. Potential is defined as someone’s capacity to develop their skills with effort or coaching. Kids with this type of mindset push through difficult situations even though they feel overwhelmed. With this way of thinking, setbacks and challenges become fuel for their motivation to achieve. And to support them even more, help your child set short-term and long-term goals. Focusing on goal setting and coaching them through rough spots along the journey will set them up for success. Here is a popular acronym to help you and your child set very intentional S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Well crafted goals will meet this basic criteria:

  • Specific: Does this goal make sense? Is it clear?
  • Measurable: Is the goal measurable? Can you track your progress?
  • Achievable: Is the goal attainable and not impossible to achieve?
  • Realistic: Is the goal within reach, realistic, and relevant to my purpose?
  • Timely: Does the goal have a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date?

Once your child reaches one goal, they will feel more confident to set future goals and will be motivated to continue to grow.

Learn more about SMART goals in this YouTube video.

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