I picked up the October, 2014 issue of Better Homes and Gardens at the dentist office last week and found this terrific article by Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD. on how to develop perseverance in children. She offers practical suggestions for helping kids build a mind-set of “stick-to-it-ness.” She stresses developing grit by using their strengths to help them overcome weaknesses when facing roadblocks in pursuit of their goals. Their ability to hang in there in the face of failure is “a key to success in just about every area of life.”
She states that seeing others persevere can help foster this trait in children. She lists the films Bend it Like Beckham and Up, and the books Ever After High by Shannon Hale, and I Even Funnier by James Patterson and Chris Grabensetin.
Her column is part of a yearlong series called The Good Kid Project that explores 12 qualities that are key to a happy, well-adjusted child. Other qualities that have been included so far are: Confidence, Self-Discipline, Self-Reliance, Civility in Action, Compassion, and Tolerance.