Tips for teaching grit?

(11 Posts)
Tolly81 Fri 01-Feb-13 21:06:01

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!

Tolly81 Fri 01-Feb-13 21:01:13

You could try to learn a skill together that neither of you have done before - maybe yo-yoing or origami or something?

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.

Ionasky Thu 31-Jan-13 13:40:26

thanks 'TheSurgeonsMate', shortly becoming a SAHM so need to know these types of things. Good tip re scouts too - i'll need to get her on the waiting list anyway smile

I was going to say that mine have learnt this from belonging to Scouts, but I see that your DD is a little young for Scouts at the moment! grin

KatherineKrupnik Thu 31-Jan-13 13:30:00

Interesting. I also want to teach my dd to be stoical like me instead of a whiner like her dad

I just mean normal crafty / baking / houshole chores type things. In the past I might have tried myself before we started to see if I knew how the paint would perform - eg thin? thick? needs water?

Ionasky Thu 31-Jan-13 12:29:38

interesting, makes sense - what sort of things do you try with your dd to see what happens? sorry, not much imagination smile

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.

stargirl1701 Thu 31-Jan-13 12:23:55

How do you teach anything? By example. Show that you persevere even when the going gets tough.

Ionasky Thu 31-Jan-13 12:22:26

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?

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