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Big Life Kids podcast - Episode 14

EP 14 - Kestrel ROCKS at Climbing!

Zara and Leo are on a mission to hear from YOU. Listen to the mini-episodes as Big Life Kids (our listeners) from across the world tell us about their amazing adventures.

In this episode, Kestrel from Colorado in the United States explains how she uses a positive mindset to help her become a mighty rock climber. Tune in to discover how you can use her rockin' encouragement techniques too.

Do you want your growth mindset story to be featured on the Big Life Kids Podcast? Submit your story to Leo & Zara. 

In this episode, children will:

  • discover why effort is key and how it can help them achieve their goals
  • be inspired by Kestrel, our listener from Colorado, USA

Supplemental Resources


  • Turn to Chapter 7 "Effort is Key" in the Big Life Journal Second Edition. In this chapter, children will reflect on the time they put forth lots of effort and how it made them feel.

Chapter 7 - Big Life Journal second edition


Podcast Activity Kit PDF (ages 5-11)


1. Complete the Big Life Family & Classroom Challenge (in the Podcast Activity Kit) to help kids exercise their growth mindset and feel uplifted. See if you can complete all squares without skipping a day!

2. Use the Things I Can Control / Things I Can’t Control (included in the Growth Mindset Printables Kit) printable to help your children overcome disappointments and frustrations and focus on problem-solving instead. It’s a great visual showing that, in each situation, there are things they can control (like their effort) and things they cannot control. Suggested uses:

  • Use this printable as a discussion guide. As a family (or class), take turns explaining why each of the situations depicted belong to the specific category.
  • Tape it to the front door or a place that everyone can see before leaving home or classroom.
  • Attach this printable to your children’s school planner or place it with their school binder.

3. Use the 5-Day Growth Mindset Challenge (included in the Challenges Kit) to help your children or students practice a growth mindset.

4.  Read stories from the Famous Failures Kit designed to help kids overcome the fear of failure. They teach about the importance of effort and perseverance. 

Discussion Questions

  • What did Kestrel do to help herself reach the goal in the climbing competition?
  • What encouraging words and phrases can you tell yourself when you're working on something difficult?

    For Parents and Teachers


    Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Kait Bibb.

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