‘You’re the best!’ Your belief in your kids’ academic ability can actually improve their grades
By Blog Editor, IOE Digital, on 30 June 2021
Philip D. Parker, Jake Anders, Rhiannon Parker, and Taren Sanders.
We have all met the parent who thinks their kid is the next Picasso or Einstein regardless of the evidence. But it’s hard to know if these beliefs are helpful or harmful.
Overly optimistic parents could reduce their kids’ drive to work harder and give them a false idea of the opportunities available to them. Or this same optimism could fill the child with confidence, kindle their self-belief and give them the courage to try harder.
We set out to discover which of these possibilities is most likely. We found a mother’s optimism about how good their child is in maths and reading (more…)