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Thank you to those parents who took time out of their morning today to attend our workshop, The Road to Success is Paved with Failures.  Caroline and I really enjoyed your questions and the discussions that came from them!

Above is a video (less than 5 minutes) that highlights some key research data from Carol Dweck’s study on Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset.  Here is one more video (2.5 minutes) about the Visual Cliff Study that was mentioned, and how a parent’s facial expression can influence a child’s decision to try a task or avoid it.

Also, below are some articles and books for parents as well as some great children’s books on this topic of perseverance and trying hard!

Books For Parents:

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel

Failing Upwards by Benjamin Chapin

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink


Articles for Parents:

Growth vs. Fixed: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Their Own Best Teachers: How We Help and Hinder the Development of Learner’s Independence

Brainology: Transforming Students’ Motivation to Learn

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up


Books For Children:

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Amazing Grace  by  Mary Hoffman

Emma Bean by Jean Van Leeuwen

Best Friends for Frances  by Russell Hoban

I Want To Be by  Thylias Moss

Mr. Lincoln’s Way   and The Junkyard Wonders , both by Patricia Polacco

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Don’t Be Afraid Little Pip  By Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Jackie’s Bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki

More Than Anything Else  By Marie Bradby

and of course, a classic…The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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