Encouraging Kids to Take Risks and Helping Them Learn from Their Mistakes

  • When your child doesn’t do as well as you expected

From attaining low grade to a loss in competition or a sporting event, life can be riddled with disappointments for children so instead of focusing on a fixed marker of success like a grade or a win, it’s always better to reflect together on what children did, how they excelled and things they have learned. Heapingpraise continuously does not contribute to a better outcome rather what is needed is to focus on their ability to make a positive change.

  • When you struggle with letting your child fail

Accepting a failure is not always easy for parents. The family we grew up in and cultural influences make an impact on how naturally this comes to us where some of us grew up in families where learning from mistakes was an everyday occurrence while others like us had few opportunities to fail. Fortunately, you don’t have to create these scenarios; they exist in everyday life. You just have to get out of the way.

The best way to prepare children for challenges in life is by providing them opportunities to develop skills of resilience and coping within a safe, loving, and supportive environment.  This thought is resonated in the words of Ann Landers, who has said, “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

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