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Positive Parenting: How parents can teach perseverance

Perseverance is necessary for discovering new ideas. It enables us to take risks, learn from failures and then try again. 

Research even suggests it is a valuable skill for babies, since it may help academically later in life. But how can parents teach this trait to their kids?

Developmental psychologists at MIT recruited 102 babies between the ages of 13 to 18 months. As babies watched, researchers tried to retrieve a toy from a container and detach a key chain from a carabiner. 

In front of some babies, they completed the task easily and quickly, while they struggled to complete the tasks in front of other babies. 

Then all the babies were given a toy with a button that didn't work. The babies who had seen the researchers struggling with their own objects pushed the button twice as many times as those who had seen the researchers succeed effortlessly. 

So key lesson: If adults don't quit, it may help their kids build grit. 


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