Consider each of the following habits. Evaluate your children’s strength in each area by marking an “E” for excellent, “S” for  satisfactory or “N” for needs work. Look for opportunities to build on strengths.



Child 1 Child 2 Child 3


Child believes that her efforts make a difference and that she succeeds if she tries.


Child believes it’s worth trying even if it’s hard, because it makes her feel successful


Child believes being smart is not just something she is born with, but something she can develop through her own efforts.




Child can stick with a project or task for a reasonable length of time.


Child can persist if a task doesn’t come easily.


Child can shift attention when needed.




Child can listen and remember what he hears.


Child can express an idea with reasonable ease.


Child can ask questions to get information.


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