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Don’t over protect from failing

Date: December 23rd, 2015
By: Polly Bath

Polly Bath: How can kids learn to succeed if they’re never allowed to fail?

If they don’t experience failure, then they won’t learn to recognize when something didn’t work and they need to try something else. They also won’t learn when to ask for help.

We need to help parents realize that they are not helping their kids by pushing the system to get their grade changed, or whatever it might be.

A colleague of mine says, “Be ready to finish your basement, because guess where they’re going to live forever?” That is what parents are setting themselves up for when they don’t allow their kids to experience failure.

Our job is to make sure these kids don’t have to live in their parent’s basement the rest of their lives!