Last week we introduced November’s Life Skill: Perseverance. Each month, we are highlighting three tools to help us demonstrate our life skills. This month’s tools are Growth Mindset, Patience, and Persistence. In each class we are talking about these three tools, sharing examples of people who have persevered, particularly in the face of adversity, and asking students to reflect on their mindset during times they have struggled or felt challenged.
At home, you can reinforce the skill of perseverance, too! Big Life Journal suggests nine activities you can do at home to help build perseverance with your children. Two of our favorite activities from this list are conducting a “Grit Interview” and asking, “What’s the hard part?” In short, Grit Interviews, as explained by Ashley Cullins, are having your child interview grandparents, neighbors or other acquaintances who have worked hard toward a long term goal. Since many families utilize Thanksgiving break and winter break to spend time with extended family and grandparents, these breaks would be a great time to try out this activity. Asking “What’s the hard part?” involves identifying the difficult part when your child is feeling discouraged or ready to give up so they can more easily identify how to overcome it. To read more about these activities, as well as the complete list of activities and free printables, follow this link.