Helping your Child Develop a Growth Mindset + FREE Printables

As a parent, everything we do sets an example for our kids, from how we treat others to how we adapt to change. But preparing kids to reach their goals and lead happy, fulfilled lives is much easier said than done. Showing them how to persevere in the face of adversity, use resilience, and have emotional intelligence are the best ways to help your children thrive. To help you encourage your child to develop a growth mindset, the folks at Tommy John created three printable activities for you to do together.

These science-backed exercises teach skills like identifying emotions, working through challenges, and practicing positive self-talk. They are also perfect for learning life’s teachable moments (even during unknown times) and make for a great non-screen activity to do in the car, after dinner, or during downtime. Explore the following activities to help your child develop a growth mindset.

Emotion Grid Exercise

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Writing out emotions is one of the most effective ways for kids to figure out how to cope with how they’re feeling. Start by sitting down with your kids and asking them to recall and reflect on different times they felt various negative and positive emotions. Encourage them to write down what made them feel that way and why. This exercise is beneficial for identifying their emotions and finding appropriate ways to moderate their feelings. 

Growth Mindset Conversation Cube


Their next exercise comes from psychologist Carol Dweck’s concept of building a growth mindset. She believes that in the same way kids practice their times tables or memorize vocabulary, simple written exercises can help them develop a growth mindset. Have your kids create their own “conversation cube” by cutting out the printable and reading off the prompts they see on each side. 

Goal Setting Worksheet

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Their last activity is to practice goal setting. Goal setting is one of the easiest ways to encourage your children to make goals they feel are reachable and realistic. If you notice that their goals might not be measurable or time-bound encourage them to follow the SMART goals framework. This exercise helps kids feel capable and understand the confidence that comes from working towards something. 


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