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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

Developing Grit:

  • 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

Click here for Angela Duckworth's TED talk on grit.

 

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:

  1. Identify a long term goal.
  2. Develop a short term goal based on your long-term goal.
  3. Break down your goal into steps.
  4. Identify the benefits of your goal.
  5. Identify obstacles to achieving your goal and how you can get around the obstacles.
  6. List any special materials or help you need to reach your goal.
  7. Identify incentives for reaching your goal.
  8. Decide on checkpoints along the way.
  9. Keep a copy of your goals in an obvious place.
  10. Meet to evaluate your progress.
  11. Revise your plan as necessary.

PARENT RESOURCES

HOW HARD SHOULD YOU PUSH YOUR CHILD TO EXCEL?

DO YOU EVER WONDER HOW HARD YOU SHOULD PUSH YOUR CHILD TO EXCEL IN SCHOOL?

An article from the Gifted Association of Missouri's GAMBIT publication suggests these tips to help children thrive:

  • Encourage your child’s love of learning, not scoring A’s
  • Show interest in what your child is learning
  • Encourage your child to develop interests that go beyond the school curriculum
  • Encourage group activities and as well as solitary pursuits.
  • Encourage your child to participate in enrichment activities outside of school.
  • Encourage your child to pursue non-academic interests
  • Encourage your child to pursue passions in as much depth as possible
  • Allow your child’s interests to change