How to nurture grit in your teen with Caren Baruch-Feldman
In this episode of The School Success Formula I interview Caren Baruch-Feldman, a clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist from Scarsdale, New York. We talk about her book, The Grit Guide for Teens, and discuss how parents can help their teens to develop a grittier attitude in all areas of their lives.
What we cover in this episode
What is meant by the term ‘grit'?
How can teens and parents identify areas of their life in which they need to be more gritty?
How can teens develop gritty behaviour?
- Smart goals
- Keeping their goals front and centre
- Self-control – social media
- Habit formation
What role does having a clear goal have in developing grit?
In Caren's book she talks about how we all have two minds and how understanding these better will help us to become grittier. Caren explains this in more detail.
Lots of students come to me because they’re trapped in a fixed mindset about their abilities to study. They think they’re terrible at it, that they’re not clever enough or that everyone else is always going to be better than them. How do you advise teens to overcome these ‘thinking traps’.
Is it possible to be too gritty? I know my mum thought that I was almost too determined to achieve my academic goals when I was at school. How do you know when you’re being blind to the negative effects of pursuing your goals at the expense of other things in your life?
We also talk A LOT about cake and cookies. 😉
Links mentioned in this episode
- Irrestible: why we can't stop checking, scrolling, clicking and watching
- Getting Grit: The evidence based approach to Cultivating Passion, Perserverance and Purpose
- U Thrive: How to succeed in college (and life)
- Growth Mindset: The power of “not yet” (blog post on my site)
Where to find out more about Caren and her work
Caren’s website is drbaruchfeldman.com
Find more information about the book here: drbaruchfeldman.com/book
Caren on twitter: @carenfeldman
Lucy on twitter: @LucyCParsons
Contact Lucy by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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