Read a great article about grit today and teaching kids how to increase it. Grit is the perseverance in a task and sticking with it to become more successful. Studies have shown it to be more important than talent and intelligence in determining success. Angela Lee Duckworth had a great TED talk about it last year, and now there are various articles coming out about idea to try in order to improve “grittiness” in your kids.

This interests me as our middle child, the Genius, could use more Grit. The Genius is very smart, he’s in 4th grade and tests off the charts. He learns new ideas and concepts very easily, and, more importantly, can relate new ideas to other things he already knows and has a knack for conveying ideas to others in ways they will understand. He is in the Gifted Program in the school district we are in and has been identified one of the top students in that program, for all grades. The only problem is he is inherently lazy (he gets that from me, I’m sure). He gives up easily and doesn’t stick to challenging subjects. He also expects to be able to accomplish anything he sets out to do, but will give up and act like he doesn’t care when the challenge get difficult instead of pushing through. He doesn’t have the motivation necessary to really try things. I’m working on trying to get him to starting learning computer programming and want him to start watching Khan Academy videos instead of the Minecraft walk-though videos he watches now.

There are some good ideas in the articles I’ve read, I’ll have to try some to see if we can improve his future success. Grit, it’s not only for sandpaper anymore…


About DavieO

A 45-yr old (in 2015) guy that is living down south, problem is I'm from New England. Got a wife, three kids (one with autism, the other two are twins (but neither are in curls)), and a dog. We are living the good life, just barely. I'm hoping to use this as a creative outlet, being able to write about things I see, hear, view and like and things going on in my life at that point. Could be about fitness, eating, baseball, football, kids, home, life, cooking (my other creative outlet), and anything else I find amusing, interesting, or just have a few (or many) comments on.
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