[12] How to nurture grit in your teen with Caren Baruch-Feldman

gritIn 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
  • Practice
  • 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

Where to find out more about Caren and her work

The Grit Guide for Teens: A workbook to help you build perseverance, self-control and a growth mindset by Dr Caren Baruch-Feldman

Caren’s website is drbaruchfeldman.com

Find more information about the book here:  drbaruchfeldman.com/book

Caren on twitter: @carenfeldman


Youtube Channel

Useful links

My book, The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take.

Ten Steps to Exam Success download.

Supportive Parents, Successful Students facebook group

Lucy on twitter: @LucyCParsons

Contact Lucy by email: lucy@lifemoreextraordinary.com

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