Your toddles's party of a Budget
Posted on Apr,16 2019
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Whether you're choosing to homeschool your children this year or send them back to school, there may be some angst. Now is the perfect time to round up your little ones and try some new activities geared at growth together! 

How to Set Your Kids Up for Success

Everything we do sets an example for our kids, from how we react and treat others to how we dress and take care of ourselves. Why not display constructively working through challenging exercises together as well! Unsure where to start when it comes to encouraging growth within your kids? The folks at Tommy John have created a round-up of non-screen activities and printables that are geared to help kids develop a growth mindset. 

Living in the ever-changing times that we are, they created three science-backed exercises perfect for learning life's teachable moments (even during unknown times) and make for great stay-at-home activities! The best part is that they’re easy to do in your home, whether it’s during breakfast or right before bed as you cozy up in your pajamas. Keep reading for three perfect stay-at-home activities, that will help your child grow during a crisis. 

1. Emotion Grid Exercise

Sitting down and writing down your feelings is the best way for little ones to organize and understand their emotions. Collaborate with your kids and try an exercise where they can reflect on different times they felt various negative and positive emotions. 

This will help your child grow as they:

  1. Identify their emotions.

  2. Find appropriate ways to express and moderate their feelings.


2.  Goal Setting Worksheet

Encourage your children to make time-sensitive goals with an action plan about a personal project they're excited about. Teaching kids about setting “SMART goals” lays the foundation for helping them build a growth mindset. A “SMART” goal is used to help guide goal setting and stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus their efforts and increase the chances of achieving that goal! 

This will help your child grow as they:

  1. Feel capable and empowered.

  2. Understand the satisfaction of working towards something.


3. Growth Mindset Conversation Cube

In the same way kids practice their times tables, simple written exercises can help them develop a growth mindset. Have kids create their own “conversation cube” with question prompts that spark conversation. 

This will help your child grow as they:

  1. Think critically and understand their feelings.

  2. Learn positive self-talk. 


Any time your kid struggles with one of these activities try not to help them right away. Instead, guide them by asking open-ended questions to help them come up with a solution on their own. Active problem-solving builds resilience and creativity and lets them work through their feelings to constructively come to a resolution. 

Download all the printables by clicking below and start helping your little one grow today! 


Content courtesy of Siege Media.