anybody have ideas on how in practice you communicate 'grit' to your kids? (dd is 2 yr 3 mos). I've read recently about this being a key quality to develop. Apart from encouraging her to 'keep trying', what does this really mean on a day to day parenting basis?
I've read that it's important to model this - to show that you keep trying in the face of the unexpected or the frustrating.
My own small contribution to this is that if I decide to try something with dd I no longer set us up for success before we start, I just get started and see what happens. And then she gets to see me being flexible and determined. Or swearing.
I've just thought of another one; learning a musical instrument. Especially the first eighteen months or up to about Grade 1 standard. It teaches the child patience, self-discipline and perseverance, and you get to model those same three qualities by not throwing the damn thing out of the window.
I went to a hula hoop exercise class and it was really hard to do actions (walking, running, going on a step) while hula hooping but the instructor said it is only practice and by the end of the class we could do a lot more, but I could see it was one of those things you had to do till it became second nature. It got me thinking that it would be fun to do with my dd when she is older but it can be frustrating so something like that probably fits the bill!