Let your kids fail. It’s good for them.
By Claire Gillespie in The Week
Nobody likes to fail. At best, it’s embarrassing and frustrating. At worst, it can cause major career or personal setbacks and lead to a downward spiral into negativity. Basically, failure is no fun. So it’s unfortunate that A vast body of research tells us that failing is actually good for us. It provides an opportunity for development, increases resilience, and helps protect against anxiety. Failure, ironically, is crucial to success.
It’s hard to change the mindset of a lifetime. But even if we still can’t get over the broken marriage or the flunked college entry exam or the work presentation that went horribly, horribly wrong, it might not be too late for our kids.
“We want to protect our children — we don’t want them to feel pain or fail, because we want them to live happy and meaningful lives,” says Alexandria, Louisiana-based licensed professional counselor Christy Pennison. CLICK TO CONTINUE