Just a thought for today - I hear many parents telling their kids how smart they are. While this is well-intentioned, I think it also causes stress in some of our students, especially as they encounter more challenging work in middle school. For many students, middle school is the first time they truly have to struggle with new material and with deeper demands on their ability to think. As the work gets harder, students tend to question their own smartness. "If I can't do this, does this mean I'm not smart?" It would be better if parents could help their children understand that if they don't know something, it doesn't mean they're not smart. Growth comes from challenging themselves and learning new material, not from knowing everything. Here are a few articles with advice for promoting the growth mindset.