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Falling into Fall: Replacing Academic Fears with Victory

One of the challenging things children face in school regarding their
academics is fitting into labels that reflect not being “good enough.” Though
achieving excellent grades is a remarkable thing, frequently children do not even
understand the importance of what they are learning or lack the motivational skills
to push themselves to do better. There are standardized tests, assessments, and
labels of success that many children struggle to fit into without ever getting to the
root of the problem. The problem is fear. Fear of making bad grades, fear of not
doing as well as other peers, fear from things being “too hard.” However, the
reality of it is, that fear should be replaced with a mindset of victory. It’s time to
encourage our students, children, and even other people’s children, to change their
mindset in this positive direction. Once their mindset changes, their capable of
doing some fantastic things! Here are some great tips to help begin that process.

Tip #1: Practice Affirmations, along with persistence. The first definition
of affirmation is the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.
One strong synonym of this word is declaration. If we affirm or declare things
passionately with persistence and work, it can happen. Imagine being a kid and
wanting a bike so bad but not knowing how to get it because you don’t have a
steady job like your parents do. If you use affirmation, then each day when you
look in the mirror, you say to yourself, “I will get that blue bike at Walmart.” By
changing your mindset from being fearful and worrying to victory, then you’ll be
determined to work hard to get that bike. You may come up with creative ways
such as selling lemonade, asking your parents for allowance if you do weekly
chores or have a bake sale. The point is, you turn that fear into motivation to push
your self to your goal. The same goes for academics. Encourage your kids to not
operate in fear of getting bad grades but rather to affirm that they will do well and
will understand what is being taught to them. Practicing these habits daily along
with studying should help them to have a more positive mindset.
Tip #2: Exercising the mind and body. Good exercise habits outside of just
your kid’s P.E class can aid in relaxing the mind and releasing stress. This physical
activity helps bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters,​
called endorphins. It also helps improve the ability to sleep, which in turn, reduces
stress and anxiety.

Tip #3: Striving to do the best. Sometimes students can get lazy just like
adults! It is so helpful to encourage your children always to strive to do their very
best. Not putting in a great effort to learn a particular concept can welcome fear,
which will only get worse once grades come out.

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