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Every child will experience times that they’re not interested in finishing a book, either because the topic is boring, or they’re ready for another activity. (This is normal!) But persistence in this case means – the ability to look at new ways to reach your goal when you are stuck or face unexpected challenges.

Even if your child doesn’t show budding signs of persistence now, reading stories about characters that persist through difficult challenges will be a great jumping off point for fostering this behaviour.

“Teaching someone to be more effective at persisting doesn’t mean simply showing them the answer or solution. To learn to persist more effectively we need to show our children – ways they might be able to approach and overcome the problem. Perhaps we break the problem into parts, back track, look at a similar problem, refocus on our goal or simply identify exactly what the problem is.”