Carol Dweck: It’s critical that kids do difficult work

All parents like to see their kids succeed, but it's even more important to make sure they're challenged, says Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck.

According to Carol Dweck, author of the groundbreaking book, Mindset, if kids aren’t challenged, they’ll never learn how to do hard work. The result? When the stakes get really high, they won’t know how to cope.

More videos! Watch Carol Dweck on the curse of gifted kids and the transformative power of this one small word.

Video transcript: "It is critical that kids do things that are hard. We want them to always feel successful at every moment. That’s not good for them. A parent came up to me recently and said her son had just graduated from high school. Her son was part of a group in high school called the geniuses. They all went to elite schools and they were all now on academic probation. That means they were flunking out. They never learned how to work hard. When they got to this new environment that required hard work where they weren’t better than everyone else, they fell apart. You must teach your child to work hard. If the school work isn’t hard enough, find another way to get your child working hard."


Avatar

About the author