Course Description

This course for you if ...

  • you've heard a little about growth mindset but don't know what to say to your child beyond, "You worked so hard!"
  • you haven't heard of growth mindset before.
  • your child looks to you for approval more than you'd like.
  • you want to encourage your child to keep trying without resorting to bribes.
  • your child gives up easily and you want to turn that around.
  • you have a fixed mindset -- doing only things you already know you'll be good at, a fear of making mistakes -- and you don't want to pass it on to your kid.

“I cannot thank you enough. I feel like I am freeing [my daughter] from the prison I have lived in my entire life.” —P.C.

In this concise but informative workshop, I'll share the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, how mindset affects kids' approach to school, why praise is a trap, and what we can say instead to raise confident kids. 

You'll have chances for reflection and feedback (and if you take them, you'll get more out of the course).

In the end, you'll come away with concrete steps to raise a confident child with a growth mindset. 

And you don't need to add any extra activities to your day--you only need to change the way you respond in situations that come up naturally.

“This course exceeded my expectations because I didn't expect it to be that detailed for such a short period of time.” —Amber T.

“I thought I understood the concept but I've been saying things to my son that didn't follow the instructions.” —Emily H.

“An eye-opener.” —Kalpana N. 

I love it- concise, to-the-point, useful, examples and research easy to remember.” —Nina K.

It wasn't at all what I expected, but in a good way. You have given me a lot of really good examples of how to teach my child confidence, and independence.” —Kathryn K.

“A great refresher course for me.” —Karen R.

“What was unique of your course was the application of it: the examples and the video demonstrating a growth mindset. I have been looking for real examples and I am glad to have found them here.” —Natalie S.

“I really enjoyed the course, it was easy to understand and I learned a lot, things totally new for me. I will apply what I learned straight away. Thank you very much from an ex fixed mindset mom.” —Maria P.

“I have a fixed mindset and it resonated with me so well that I feel I can change my mindset and therefore change my behaviours with my kids to lead by example.” —Melisa H.

“I love it!!” —Marie R. 

Zero to Five

Tracy Cutchlow

Tracy Cutchlow is the author of the international bestseller Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science. She is a public speaker, the editor of the Brain Rules books, a licensed Language of Listening® coach, and on the board of Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). Two beliefs drive her work with parents: No new parent should feel alone. Every child should be seen and feel heard.  Tracy is a mom, a recovering perfectionist, an award-winning former journalist, a triathlete, a yogi, and a lover of nature. She lives in Seattle, where you'll find her biking around with her husband and their spirited 6-year-old daughter.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Why some kids try harder and some kids give up

    • Welcome to growth mindset

    • Two questions: Agree or disagree

    • Once upon a time, there was a little girl...

  • 2

    Two vastly different perspectives

    • The fixed mindset

    • Fixed vs. growth mindset

    • Does your child give up easily?

    • Reflection: Childhood messages

    • Two vastly different perspectives

    • Reflection: Takeaways

  • 3

    Key ways mindset predicts performance in school

    • Study: Mindset and 7th grade math scores

  • 4

    How children gain a fixed mindset or growth mindset

    • The beloved idea of innate talent

    • Our words matter even at age 1 (but don't worry)

    • How to praise without creating praise junkies

    • The one prep step you must commit to

    • Take action now

    • How to criticize kids without ruining their self-esteem

    • Resources for teachers

    • Reflection: Takeaways

  • 5

    What to do if your child already has a fixed mindset

    • Talking about how the brain works

    • Article: You can grow your intelligence

    • Redefining failure

    • Reflection: Takeaways

  • 6

    Take it up a notch