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How do you Motivate Your Kids to Persevere?

One of my all-time favorite quotes that I have passed along to my kids is: 

"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." ~Thomas Edison

 I think it's important for our kids to know that in school and in life set backs don't always mean the end. Does a bad grade in a child's favorite subject mean they are not good at it? Does being cut from a sports team mean you stop playing a sport? Does not getting the lead in the school play mean you quit that production? Gosh, I hope not. It really bugs me when parents let their kids quit because they didn't get a lead in the school play or didn't make varsity. What kind of message is this sending? Instead, let's send the message from this video: take risks and persevere

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#2 Stephanie 2010-10-13 01:55
I agree with the video 100 %. Failure is part of our life, it makes us grown and be a better person. Imagine if we all succeeded in our own field without any hardship or changes do you think there will be exerting effort or working hard? I doubt it because life is very easy for us if that is the case. For me, failure is the best teacher.
#1 Dina 2010-09-19 20:04
Everyone can excel in whatever they decide to put their mind to.

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