Before we delve into this post, I should probably let you know that I am not a mother or a teacher (and I have no plans to be either of them).
Truth be told, I’m not the most child-friendly person.
So then, how can I recommend books for parents and teachers?
Well, as you can see from this blog and my YouTube channel, I read a lot of non-fiction books in the area of personal development. And often, these personal development books educate you in how to encourage favorable traits in children that will help them be more successful, fulfilled, and overall, happier.
Three books, in particular, seemed as though they would be very beneficial when it comes to raising a child and ensuring that they have the necessary executive functions and to develop favorable behavior.
So, even though I am not a parent or teacher, I thought that I would share them with you here because I believe that people who are parents or teachers would find them very valuable.
#1 – The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
If you’ve not heard of The Marshmallow Test before, here’s a bit of background information about the experiment.
A group of psychologists ran a study on young children involving a treat and playing, in essence, what I like to call ‘the waiting game’.
The children could choose from various types of treats, including cookies, chocolate, and of course, marshmallows – which is where this study gets its name from.
For the purpose of this post, we’re going to assume that the child chose a marshmallow.
The children were placed individually in a room and told that they could have one marshmallow now, or if the examiner left the room and they waited until he/she came back, they would then get two marshmallows.
At any moment throughout the experiment, the child could ring a bell and instantly get the one marshmallow.
The test was designed to measure the child’s ability to delay gratification.
They then followed the children through adolescence and into adulthood tracking their progress through life. What they found was that those who managed to delay gratification for longer in The Marshmallow Test led happier and more fulfilling lives.
This book is everything to do with Walter’s research on delay gratification and The Marshmallow Test.
This is a great book for parents because it gives you hints and tips on how to help your child manage their own self-control, delay gratification, manage their hot and cold impulses, and help them to improve their executive functions which underline everything.
#2 – Mindset by Dr. Dweck
This book is based on the theory that there are two different types of mindset; a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
Those with a fixed mindset believe that your intelligence, skills, talent, abilities, etc, remain fixed. For example, if you are a poor painter, then you will always be poor at painting and there is nothing you can do about it.
A growth mindset believes that they can improve their intelligence, skills, talent, abilities, etc. For example, they may be a poor painter now but if they embrace the challenge, see the effort as the path to mastery, and learn from criticism, they can improve and reach higher levels of achievement.
This is a great book and an essential read if you are a parent or teacher.
It clearly demonstrates how the correct mindset is key to achieving our goals along with motivating your children to fulfill their own potential.
The TED Talks and YouTube videos on the subject of mindset are great, but they only scratch the surface of the subject.
#3 – Grit by Angela Duckworth
When someone has grit, it means that they won’t give up easily. It would take an awful lot for a gritty person to quit or to stop trying.
Bring gritty allows a person to take on a lot of challenges, face a lot of adversity, and hold on with their fingernails to whatever it is that they want to achieve.
This book is Duckworth’s discovery of grit. It’s an entertaining read because you follow along with her, almost like a story, as she carries out extra research and recalls her findings.
Along the way, Duckworth includes some of her own personal experiences of learning grit and how she encourages grit in her own children.
You’ll also find The Grit Scale inside, which you can complete to see how gritty you and your friends/family/children are.
From your results, you can then use the book to discover ways in which you can improve your grit, determination, focus, and goal setting.
Overall, a very valuable read.
Happy parenting and teaching!
There you have the three books that I would recommend to all parents and teachers.
If you have read any of these books, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, let me know if there are any other books that you would recommend.
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