In 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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