Grit is a fairly new word used in the social emotional arena. Based on Angela Duckworth’s 2016 book titled Grit, it is a key emotional intelligence skill that is derived from both passion and perseverance. I believe it is a predicator of success in all areas of life including financial, fitness, marital, and career.
But if grit is so important, how do you develop passion and perseverance in kids? Read on to see my top tips on how, as parents and educators, we can help our children develop grit.
1. Entertain our kids’ urge to explore the hobbies and activities that attract them. If we allow our kids to explore what they find interesting, overcoming obstacles can come more naturally and giving up will be less of an option. The more they understand that even mistakes and failures teach us, the more they can focus on celebrating their journey, mistakes and all. It’s important to allow kids to see how it feels to be scared, and how to move past fear and learn to be brave.
2. Encourage them to set goals. Writing down goals is essential for intrinsic motivation and a growth mindset. It’s a long journey to achieve something you set your sights on so if kids are able to find a love for battling challenges and grow up eager to explore solutions to obstacles, they will succeed. Allowing kids to focus on performance goals, rather than outcome goals provides a basis for long-term satisfaction. Goals can be divided into these 3 subcategories:
a. Process Goals: This is the only goal that one can control. An example of a process goal would be practicing soccer passes/kicks for 30 minutes.
b. Performance Goals: This goal cannot be controlled. An example of a performance goal would be achieving 20/30 successful soccer ball passes or kicks.
c. Outcome Goals: This goal cannot be controlled. An example of this would be scoring 24 soccer goals for the season or winning the end-of-season soccer championship.
3. Empower our kids’ with the self-help tools that foster positivity and optimism. We can do this by teaching them the 4 Cs:
Confident - I am confident when I visualize my success.
Calm - I stay calm by using positive mantras like ‘I can do this!’
Carefree - I feel carefree when I face my fear of failure. I do this by asking myself, What’s the worst thing that can happen? I answer it. Then, I ask myself Will I survive?
Capable - I am capable of creating and achieving goals.
The 4 Cs empower kids by giving them the skill set needed to overcome obstacles. Once learned, kids can use at their disposal to recognize negativity and employ a variety of tools such as visualization, creating good habits, positive mantras, and setting goals. We all get side-tracked and that's why it's important to have good habits and mantras to reset oneself. With these tools, kids can get back on track and focus on the task at hand. Life itself is overwhelming so if we help equip our kids with emotional intelligence with which they can be self-sufficient, it will help serve them for life.
Thank you so much for a wonderful 2019! We started a new publishing company, Grow Grit Press with the objective to help others overcome obstacles in their lives with more fervor and grit!❤️💜💙
With the release of 3 series, the Grow Grit Series, the UnicronPreneur series, and the Ninja Life Hacks series, we sold more than 10,000+ books empowering more children than we could have ever imagined.
I grew closer to my two oldest boys because they are an integral part of our publishing company. Kobe co-writes the Grow Grit Series while Michael helps with marketing and is finishing up his first book. So when you buy a Grow Grit Press book, you’ll know you’re buying from a local family business! We are practitioners of what we preach and are empowering our own kids with situations that allow them to fail so they can learn about persevering and growing grit.
DIY Yoga Doll Craft
Materials needed- Click here for my Shoppable Amazon link for all the materials listed here.
Wooden Squares or balls (for the head) (Wooden Dowel Caps)
Step 1: Bend the pipe cleaner in half.
Step 2: Insert through the hall of ball or square. Push the pipe cleaner through by only 1.5" for just enough room to thread yarn through. I found wooden knobs at Hobby Lobby. It had a hole on one end and my husband drilled out the other side.
Step 3: Loop yarn around hand about 6x.
Step 4: Insert Yarn through the pipe cleaner.
Step 5: Cut the yarn for length of hair desired.
Step 6: Place one pipe cleaner underneath the head and fold over to form arms.
Step 7: Thread the beads through pipe cleaner for the legs and arms.
Step 8: Knob the hands and feet by folding over the ends of pipe cleaners.
Step 9: Draw on the face with a permanent marker.
Step 10: Enjoy! Have fun bending the dolls into yoga shapes!
Yoga Mala Necklaces, Bracelets, Sticks, and Rocks
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One of my favorite healthy recipes to snack on! Each Arial, the Youtuber book has the recipe in it. Tag me in your pics if you end up making them @Marynhin
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Glitter Foam Paper (Gold)
Glue and Scissors
1.) Trace 3 circles using the ribbon spool as a template for the medallions.
2.) Cut 3 medallions out.
3.) Cut 1/2 inch slit towards the top of each circle.
4.) String ribbon through and tie a knot.
5.) Using Elmers glue, trace number 1 on a medallion.
6.) Sprinkle silver sparkles over the medallion (be sure to stand over a trash can or put a paper underneath).
7.) Shake excess glitter off and the number should show through.
8.) Repeat step #7 for numbers 2 and 3.
9.) Voila! Enjoy with your own personal Olympic style obstacle course at home!
This DIY activity is super fun while learning all about Asia, Japan, and sushi! This activity accompanies the children's book: Sushi
Fun 3-Ingredient DIY Sushi
1.) Felt- green, orange, yellow, red
2.) Cotton Balls
3.) Electrical tape
All the materials you need can be found here on my Amazon store
Comment below on a mistake you've made in your publishing journey. My losses are your gains, we can all learn from each other!
1.) I should have insisted on CMYK with each illustrator throughout the project.
Even though I mention that I need CMYK from the outset of each book project and include it in the brief, somehow CMYK sneaks in. This is, ultimately, my fault. Now, my observant eyes notice when the colors are not CMYK. RGB is prettier on screen and, perhaps, that's why illustrators send them over that way.
2.) Hired the wrong formatter/designer
If you search my name and go back to one of the very first posts I made, you'll find pictures of my very first book I wrote with my son, Kobe. The designer I hired didn't own the proper applications to transfer my high resolution illustrations and format the book properly. You'll see that even though I requested bleed, this particular designer still left white trims in the book and the quality was poor because the illustrations were phoshopped into the mobi/pdf files.Now, I've been lucky to find not just one but two very qualified designer/formatters.
3.) Failure to blog/journal my journey
My oldest son, Mikey, is writing a book. I love that. I want to build a reference point for him so that he can see there are days I feel discouraged and a failure. I want him to see and experience the excitement and the successes so I've started today. I just wished I had done it sooner. I hope one day Kobe and Jojo will grow up to read it, too, perhaps on their own publishing journeys. There's a RSS feed you can sign up to get new posts. I plan to write at least every few days. This journal will help me celebrate every little success I may experience. Since, I tend to be a bit of a workaholic, I've learned that if I don't reflect on my journey, I become drained.
Yes in ONE MONTH with my supportive, but equally crazy team, I launched 4 books in the month of July. And here’s why it hasn’t made me crazy, in the traditional sense.
I’ve fallen crazy in love with the process - the good and the bad, the chills I get when I write with emotion, working hand-in-hand with my talented illustrators to bring the characters to life, perfecting the typesetting and message with my articulate designers, the busyness of launching and marketing, sharing the highs and lows with my author friends I’ve made in this group, reading J’s daily controversial posts, eating shitty reviews, and basking in the good ones.
Developing grit for something is so much easier when you have passion for it. It’s what will drive you through the shitty reviews and the copyright infringements you’re bound to face. Some people call that perseverance.
I think it’s a combination of passion and perseverance. How can you persevere if you don’t love what you’re doing? Inversely, how can you develop a love for something if you don’t stick around through the failures and ups and downs.
Success is so much sweeter once you’ve already failed.
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