Mindset is a powerful tool. How you think about tasks and daily endeavors can be altered by the way you think. It is the division between "I can" and "I can't". When you are negative it can create obstacles and eliminate growth. But when you have a growth mindset - you believe in change. You believe where you are in life is not fixed and opportunities are endless. It can completely obliterate negative thoughts and inspire children (and adults) to be better!
As a child, school and academics did not come naturally to me. It was a struggle - from elementary school through high school. I was fortunate enough to have parents and teachers (one in particular) that believed in me, encouraged me, and CONSTANTLY told me "yes you can". It wasn't until college that I found my groove and I'm one hundred percent positive it's because these amazing people had instilled in me a growth mindset.
As a teacher and a mother, I want my kids (biological and students) to have that same mentality - that they can do anything. They will have bad days and downright vile days and sometimes these days can turn into weeks... Where putting together a puzzle seems impossible, reading a chapter book is daunting, and the thought of decimals causes stomachaches. But there will also be glorious days and days when they finally say "aha! I finally did it!" And those moments are the best.
For me, books are the mightiest weapon. Read them. Enjoy them. And make each storytime count. These are some of my (new) favorite books about mindset and perseverance. Each character (real and fictional) experiencing their own hardships in a wide array of perspectives. I love them and I've already purchased them all to share with my two girls and all the babes at my school.