How parents can influence their kids’ outlook on intelligence

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New research finds that parents can affect how their kids view intelligence! Learn how to give your children the tools they need to succeed here!

In a recent research paper, Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and Kyla Haimovitz aimed to find out where a child’s belief in intelligence comes from. In other words, do they believe it is fixed (something they are born with), or malleable (something that can be gained through hard work)?

What they found is that while children realize that intelligence can be gained through proper education, their foundational understanding of intelligence is formed before they even start explicitly learning a curriculum.

The research paper, published in the June 2016 issue of Psychological Sciencepoints to the conclusion that parents have a significant influence on their kid’s understanding and outlook on intelligence. Interestingly enough, this outlook and understanding doesn’t come from the parents’ thoughts on intelligence; rather, they come from how parents view failure.


Some parents have the tendency to believe that failure is terrible, irreparable situation from which they must shield their children. In other words, they’ll go to great lengths to protect their children from experiencing failure. Alternatively, some parents find failure to be an important tool for growth in their children. These are the types of parents who help kids realise that failure is okay, and can help them be better people in the long run.

According to a study reported by Psychology Today, “parents of fourth and fifth grade children were asked about their mindset about intelligence (fixed vs. malleable) and their orientation toward failure (debilitating vs. valuable).  Their children were asked about their mindset about intelligence. Their children’s mindset about intelligence was much better predicted by their parents’ beliefs about failure than their beliefs about intelligence.”

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