How to help your child develop a love of learning

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to help your child develop a love of learning and a sense of curiosity in life
How To Help Your Child Develop A Love Of Learning
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How to help your child develop a love of learning

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If you send your child to a top academic institution and your child gets straight As, isn't there future now assured? Well, what future? The whole point is to have your child understand what he or she loves, is good at, wants to be, how they want to be developed. Maybe the straight As is the answer, maybe it isn't. But also, our work has shown that developing a growth mindset in your child, allowing them to understand how their effort and persistence build their intelligence, makes them love learning and gets them high grades. I teach at a top university and I see kids who have gotten straight As and they burned out. They have no interest. They have been like performing seals their whole lives. But I see kids with a growth mindset, they're passionate and zealous, and they're going to be the ones to succeed.

Psychologist & Author Carol Dweck, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to help your child develop a love of learning and a sense of curiosity in life

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Carol Dweck, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology. 

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

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