Advice for parents who want to build Grit into their child’s life

by Gary Gilles

Angela DuckworthAngela Duckworth has written a book called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

I’m recently read her book and thought I would encourage you to learn more about the many important lessons that can be learned from her research.

So, what is grit? It is the combination of passion, determination and focus that allows a person to achieve goals despite the adversity that we all experience. In a world of short attention spans where we chase the latest shiny object, most of us could all use a little more grit. This is especially true for our children. I’ve included a short video of Angela Duckworth suggesting how parents can build grit into their child’s life. I’d be interested in hearing your comments after viewing the video and encourage you to pick up the book.

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