To help your child become an autonomous and resilient learner:
Encourage him to have fun exploring many different activities.
For nearly twenty years, Angela Lee Duckworth, has been conducting ground-breaking studies on what makes people successful. She discovered that what we eventually accomplish in life depends more on our passion, resilience and commitment to our goals than on our innate talents. And, although some of us are born “grittier” than others, grit is something that can be developed.
Here is the first practical step toward developing grit: get out and explore many different interests.
We are not born knowing what our passions are. Nor will we find them playing video games or watching TV! We have to explore the world and try new things in order to discover what they might be. This means insisting that your child try a wide variety of activities, until he finds the ones that spark a deep interest. Exposing him team to things like sports, fitness, cooking, dance, music, visual arts, reading, nature, and science will not only expand his horizons and help him develop social skills, but will also help him find his life’s passion and goals.