Just recently, I had a very nice conversion with my other mompreneur-friends about our children and we got into the topic of “grit”. So really, what is GRIT and how does it affect today’s children?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Angela Duckworth, a psychologist and research based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”
It is the ability to have a drive to push for something you feel passionate about and persevere even if you face trials and obstacles. This is totally different from intense emotions or infatuation but it is about having direction and commitment. When you have this kind of passion, you can stay committed to a task that may be difficult or boring.
If you find your child unmotivated to follow a schedule or get things done on time, consider having a talk with them and find out what they are really passionate about. However, at the end of the day, you must still remember to act as their friend and parent rather than a dictator or officer in charge. Hear them out, listen to what they have to say about matters on education or chores, and come to a compromise. You would be amazed what your kids can do if they know you have their full support and trust to do what they love.