Slow Down and Share Sunday – Mistakes

Happy Sunday!! When considering what quote to share with you today we thought about our recent post on teaching children that their brain is like a muscle. When we encourage our children to exercise their brain with new or challenging activities there are bound to be times when they do not achieve immediate success. Today’s quote is one that can be shared and discussed with your family to reinforce messages of resilience and perseverance in times of struggle.July week 3 Quote

This quote is set up as a printable coloring sheet. Please click here to print: Sunday Quote 3 . We thought it would be fun to encourage children to exercise the creative part of their brain by coloring in and decorating the quote. Possible discussion points to use while they color are shared below:

  • Ask your child/children to share about a time they made a mistake. How did they feel? Use this as an opportunity to share that mistakes are an important part of learning and growing. When they learn from a mistake it is no longer considered a mistake…it has now become a learning opportunity. Now ask them to consider that same mistake mentioned previously and share what they learned from it.
  • Tell them about a time you made a mistake. Share what you learned in that situation. This could be an opportunity to remind children that even adults make mistakes.
  • Question your child/children about a time they kept trying even when things felt hard. Ask what they think happened with their brain in this situation. Use this as a chance to reinforce that our brains are like muscles that grow when they are exercised.
  • End by asking each family member to share a new activity they have been interesting in trying. Discuss all the choices you have when facing something new. Do you let the fear of making a mistake prevent you from trying at all? Will your brain learn new things if you don’t try? What if you choose to try and you do make a mistake; is that bad or is it a learning opportunity? What if you find out what you decided to try is hard; is that a problem or is it an opportunity to grow your brain?

We hope the quote and discussion points provided above serve as another tool you can use to cultivate a confident, optimistic and can-do mindset amongst your family.

Slow Down and Share Sunday

Sunday Quote 2For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Sunday Quote 2

Happy Sunday All! Here is our newest “Slow Down and Share Sunday” quote. This quote ties in nicely to the post shared at the beginning of this week on praise. One of the points made in the article we shared was that if we offer encouragement to our children that focuses on their effort as opposed to their ability we can help cultivate their desire to work hard. By sharing this quote and utilizing any of the talking points we provide below, you can begin to share this message with your own family :).

Possible discussion points:

  • Ask your child what they feel it means to “give their very best”.
  • Have them expand by telling you about a time that they felt their very best effort was given.
  • After they share, take a moment to let them know how much you enjoy watching them work hard. If you remember the specific situation they mentioned, let them know you remember watching them work their hardest in that moment.
  • Ask them what activities they feel come easily to them and what activities they feel they need to work harder at. (The point here is you can make a mental note of their response and when they are working at something they mentioned that takes more energy, you can be sure to offer a bit of additional praise focusing on their effort).
  • Ask them how it feels to accomplish something that required extra effort and compare that to accomplishing things that come very easily to them.
  • Discuss the value of hard work and perseverance. There is always the option to bring up stories of people who did not achieve success immediately (like Michael Jordan who was cut from his high school basketball team or Thomas Edison who failed countless times before finally inventing the lightbulb). Ask what they thought it was that allowed these people to eventually succeed.
  • Finally, share with your children moments from your own life where you feel you have really worked hard. A suggestion might be to discuss things they can continue to see you do, so you are modeling hard work on a consistent basis. For example, I could tell my children I am trying to learn to become a better chef and then when they see me try a new recipe they know I am putting out the effort to reach my goal. When cooking something new I could even casually mention to them that I am excited to push myself and make the effort to try something that does not come easily to me.

We hope the above initiates some quality family discussion about giving your very best!