Question: Are we teaching our children that it’s ok to fail? Or. Are we teaching our children that failure is not an option? Do we give mixed message? It’s ok to fail here but not there. Or. It’s ok to fail there but not here.
The message that we send our children about failure is of great importance to our children’s future. As a parent I know how much I would love to protect my girls from the pain of failure. I don’t like to see my daughters in pain, whether emotional or physical pain. However; if we choose to protect our children at all costs then we are harming our children.
Because failure is an inevitable part of life wouldn’t our children be much better equipped for life if we make it a natural part of life. What would it look like if we invite failure into our lives. To take risks and relate that lessons learned to our children. What if we teach our children how to take risks as well?
I believe there is great power in failure even though the failure is so uncomfortable. Let’s teach our children to fail and fail well (learn from our failures to enrich our futures). Let’s teach our children to expect failure and anticipate failure and to know that it’s ok because it is a natural part of life.