How do you feel when your child fails at something? How do you feel seeing your child suffer through the pain of a failure and disappointment? It’s painful, right? Your probably even more hurt and heart-broken that your kid. Having read this article titled, “Embracing Failure” earlier today reminded me of why letting children face failures is critical to their development.
Many parents today go to ever-greater lengths to protect their kids from the pain of disappointments, and while often feel the need to shield my kids from the pain of dashed expectations, I feel that it is more important that let them go through failure today and then teach them how to cope when things don’t work out exactly the way they want so that when they grow up they become resilient adults who are able to weather the big storms of life. Letting children face failures is tough to do, but very important.