“Praise your child explicitly for how capable they are of learning rather than telling them how smart they are.”
I am trying to remind myself to do this with my kids. I found this video really helpful and enlightening.
Dr. Carol Dweck, a researcher in motivation, personality and development, is one of the few talking about how to instill a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. Her talk on this was recently turned into another beautifully animated RSA Short video.
Carol Dweck is also mentioned in a very interesting book I am reading at the moment: NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children. Lastly, a relevant article I happened to stumble upon recently, also mentioned Dweck and her work.