What is Grit?
Grit is the perseverance and passion for long term goals. It means:
- Working strenously toward challenges
- Maintaining effort and interest over the years
- Overcome failure, adversity, and plateaus in progress
- Understand that grit exists
- Pursue your passion
- Build in practice time
- Keep going!
- Learn from examples of people who overcame failure
- Focus on the process instead of the end product
- Visualize goal and obstacles that might pop up along the way
PARENTING GIFTED KIDS
The beginning of the year is a great time to think about goal setting:
We all can benefit from goal setting. It is particularly important for procrastinators, perfectionists, underachievers and students with self-esteem issues. Most kids set goals that are too high or too low. They need help setting short term as well as long term goals. Some questions you might ask are:
- How are you going to get there?
- What do you need to do to accomplish this goal?
- What time period is allowed for this?
- What are your criteria for success?
ELEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL GOAL SETTING:
- Identify a long term goal.
- Develop a short term goal based on your long-term goal.
- Break down your goal into steps.
- Identify the benefits of your goal.
- Identify obstacles to achieving your goal and how you can get around the obstacles.
- List any special materials or help you need to reach your goal.
- Identify incentives for reaching your goal.
- Decide on checkpoints along the way.
- Keep a copy of your goals in an obvious place.
- Meet to evaluate your progress.
- Revise your plan as necessary.
Guiding the Gifted Child by James T. Webb
Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids by Sally Yahnke
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers by Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith