Leone Smyth Editorial 10 November 2023

One way parents can support a growth mindset is by emphasising effort over achievement. Instead of praising children solely for their marks or grades, celebrate their hard work and dedication. Research by Dr Carol Dweck suggests that when children are praised for their effort, they are more likely to develop a growth mindset, embracing challenges as opportunities for growth. Mistakes are an integral part of the learning process. Parents can help their children view mistakes as valuable learning experiences rather than failures. Encourage them to reflect on what went wrong and how they can improve next time. This fosters resilience and a willingness to persevere through setbacks. 


Parents can also cultivate a love for learning by showing enthusiasm for their children’s interests. Explore new topics together, ask questions and encourage curiosity. When children see that learning is a lifelong journey, they are more likely to develop a growth mindset and a passion for knowledge.  While it is essential to encourage growth and resilience, it is equally important to set realistic expectations. Pushing children too hard or expecting perfection can lead to stress and anxiety. Instead, help them set achievable goals and celebrate their progress along the way. 


Resilience thrives when children are given the opportunity to make decisions and solve problems independently. Encourage them to take on age-appropriate responsibilities, make choices and face the consequences of their decisions. Creating an open and empathetic environment at home is crucial for nurturing resilience and normalising anxiety. Encourage your children to express their feelings and thoughts, and actively listen to them. Validate their emotions and offer support during challenging times. Acknowledge that anxiety is a natural response to stress and change, therefore learning how to manage this will be a valuable skill for life.  


Parents are powerful role models for their children. Demonstrate resilience in your own life by facing challenges with a positive attitude and perseverance. When children witness resilience in action, they are more likely to embrace it themselves. Incorporate the principles of a growth mindset into daily routines. When your child encounters difficulties, remind them that setbacks are temporary and that they have the capacity to improve with effort. Encourage them to ask for help when needed and seek out resources for learning and growth. 


Nurturing resilience and a growth mindset in children is a lifelong journey that begins at home. Parents can empower their children to embrace challenges, learn from mistakes and persevere through setbacks. By fostering these essential attributes, parents not only pave the way for academic success but also equip their children with the mindset and skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing and unpredictable world. In partnership with our teachers and staff who are also working with students to build these skills, together, we can help unlock the full potential of our young learners.   


We hope as results and feedback comes in at the end of the year, that all our students can be proud of their efforts and achievements. To our departing Year 12 students who have approached their final HSC examinations with maturity and focus, we wish you well on your life learning journey. To our Year 7-11 students, we encourage you to use your feedback to set goals for further growth and development in 2024. We look forward to celebrating your successes with our community at the upcoming Awards assemblies on 29 and 30 November. 

Leone Smyth
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

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