Natural Bridges Children's Center 

Growth Mindset and Mindfulness

Growth Mindset research is a psychological study on how people succeed pioneered by Carol Dweck PhD. 

  • Fixed: The belief that people are born with fixed amount of intelligence and ability. People operating in a fixed mindset are prone to avoiding challenges and failures.

  • Growth: The belief that with practice, perseverance, and effort, people have limitless potential to learn and grow. People operating in a growth mindset are prone to tackle challenges and are not concerned with making mistakes.

NBCC is dedicated to cultivating children's 'growth mindsets' by fostering persistence, resilience, flexibility, and optimism. These characteristics lend themselves towards healthy outlooks on failure & learning. Mistake making is imperative to children's neural pathway growth and NBCC is their 'learning zone'. 

Mindfulness was introduced by Dr Jon Kabatt-Zinn in the 1970's and since has become an important 

influence on medicine, psychology, the military, corporate environments, and now education. It is

defined as:

'the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present

moment, and non judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment' 

Mindfulness techniques have been associated with benefiting both the prefrontal cortex (part of the

brain that is responsible for higher thinking) and the amygdala (part of the brain that controls

emotion and response) and is used in regulating the body, controlling fear responses, and in 

heightening self awareness.

NBCC understands the importance of ‘mindful' breathing techniques and utilize this practice to help children see their capabilities in self-regulating their emotions. This is a huge part of the social emotional work that preschoolers do.

We take time each day to development awareness of our thoughts & emotions, and to deepens children's empathy & understanding of one another.