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Education Boost: How to Help Kids Fail Successfully

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Education, Student, Teacher, Special EducationIn many moments in life, especially considering education, failure is often understood as a bad word. Losing or failing is all part of a cycle of trial and error that creates resilient kids and adults. Overall, treating mistakes and failures as part of a learning curve can improve a child's approach to life, new things, and new passions.

Here are some tips for the school year to help your child fail successfully.

  1. Show empathy and support. Whenever your child fails, show empathy, rather than brushing off their feelings. Instead, validate their feelings and ask them to talk about it--what bothers them most, what can be changed, and what their next steps are. That will help them learn to see their failures as part of a process.

  2. Preach tolerance instead of negativity. Children can naturally be hard on themselves on the smallest things, such as hitting the wrong piano key, or scoring lower than their expectations on a test. Rather than allow your children to beat him or herself over it, teach them that imperfection is okay. Overall, preach acceptance and change--that will help your child move on from their setback and see it as a launching point for something bigger and better.

  3. Share your stories of failures, and how you moved passed them. To be a great role model for your children, share with them how you have failed and overcame these setbacks. Whether it's in your current work life, or a blast from your school past, sharing what you've done to get back on the horse will reinforce a positive reaction to failures.

Failure does not have to be a negative consequence. In fact, it can be the best thing for your child to learn from, when given the right advice. Are you seeking a position in an educational setting to help maximize a child's potential?  Please contact us.

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