8 picture books to encourage a growth mindset

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I’ve been learning about a growth versus a fixed mindset, and it’s revolutionizing the way I think about myself and my children.

In a nutshell, a growth mindset means you believe you can change and improve.

A fixed mindset means you believe you are either good at something or you’re notthat your inabilities hold you back from being able to do or be something.

When it comes to parenting, I think it’s important to teach our children to believe their success doesn’t come from innate intelligence or talent, but effort. That will help them bounce back from failures and criticism in a positive way. It’ll help them be less afraid to try new things. It’ll help them overcome the comparison and inferiority traps. It will help them be more confident, resilient individuals.

Of course, one of the best ways we can teach our children to have a growth mindset is to learn to have one ourselves. Since learning about this way of thinking, I’ve tried to adjust my thoughts and reactions to make more room for growth and picking myself back up after messing up. That includes when I mess up on the motherhood arena, which is every day.

This article is a good resource for parenting and teaching with a growth mindset.

I asked my friend, Amber, a second-grade teacher, to share her favorite books that encourage a growth mindset in children. I read them all and love the messages of big dreaming and persistence. On to the books:

Books for busy little boys

Sometimes it can be hard to get a busybody boy to sit still long enough to enjoy a book. These are some tried and tested favorites around here. My little guy asks for these ones again and again. Bonus: Most of these are around five bucks.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Shertle and Jill McElmurry

Let’s Play! and

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Don’t Push the Button! By Bill Cotter

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! and

Should I Share my Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

Number one Sam by Dan Pizzoli

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Kingdom of You by Wonderbly

Through the Town by Katie Haworth and Craig Shuttlewood

On the Go by Roger Priddy

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ronald Barrett

It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Top 10 book recommendations for moms

One of my favorite questions my mom-friends ask me is “What should I read?”

We all know how challenging and sometimes isolating motherhood can be. Reading a great book can be such an uplift and needed escape amidst the diaper changes, tantrums and other non-glamorous parts of young motherhood.

Here are some favorite books (both fiction and non-fiction) I find myself telling fellow mamas they have to read:

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How to turn your child into a bookworm

Reading to your child and teaching him or her to love reading at an early age will:

  • Improve his or her vocabulary and communication skills
  • Boost his or her self-esteem
  • Prime your child to succeed in school
  • Prepare your child to more easily learn a second language
  • Strengthen family bonds (as you read together)

Unfortunately, bookworming doesn’t come naturally to every child, and forcing it too much can backfire. In this video, I share a few things you can do to gently encourage your child to love reading:

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Favorite romantic reads

I’m a sucker for romantic novels. In lieu of Valentine’s Day, here is a pile I’ve added to my favorites list over the years. I’d love to know yours!

At the top of the list are some classic regency novels, because when it comes to romance, nothing beats those in my romantic-in-the-wrong-century opinion.

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