How can I use media to teach my kid perseverance?

Media can be useful in teaching kids perseverance. Find games and apps that offer many tries to solve problems, seek out inspirational media role models, discourage kids from comparing themselves with others on social media, and watch shows that inspire perseverance.  

Movies, TV, and Books:

  • Help your kids find books that are at their reading levels, but encourage them to take on incremental challenges.
  • When they finish books, reward effort, not achievement.
  • Set aside an age-appropriate amount of time for reading each day; if kids struggle or are reluctant, offer ideas to break a big task into manageable chunks.
  • Read books about characters who have overcome challenges.
  • Watch movies and TV that inspire perseverance.

Social Media, Apps, Games, and Websites:

  • Look for media with positive, aspirational role models.
  • Find apps and games with lots of problem-solving.
  • Seek out apps and games that help with memory and concentration.
  • Choose apps and games that allow players to chip away at problems.
  • Talk about social media stars and how they've achieved their dreams.
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