So some of them try to shield
their kids from disappointments. In the end, they may end up with children who lack confidence in their abilities to face the normal challenges of life.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The surest way to make it hard for children is to make it easy.” She knew that failures often teach kids more than successes.
Failure can teach kids that they have to try harder. As they look at the winning science project, they may realize that a project begun the night before the fair isn’t likely to win.
Failure can help children see another way to solve a problem. You can help by asking, “What would you do differently next time?”
Sometimes, failure can encourage children to take risks. As a parent, you can help your child see that the greatest failure comes from failing to try at all.
Finally, failure teaches kids to lose gracefully. That, in turn, should teach them how to behave when they do win. (“I know I’ll never run around and brag like Martin did when he won!”)
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