Protecting your kids from failure isn’t helpful

13th July 2018
Protecting your kids from failure isn’t helpful

An article in The Conversation by Mandie Shean, a Lecturer in the School of Education at ECU, highlights how we can teach children how to cope with small failures, understand natural consequences, and learn from mistakes.

“In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to protect children from failure in order to safeguard their fragile self-esteem. This seems logical – failure is unpleasant. It tends to make you look bad, you have negative feelings of disappointment and frustration, and you often have to start again.

While this is logical, it actually has the opposite effect. Children and adolescents in Australia appear less able to cope than ever before.

The problem is, in our efforts to protect children, we take valuable opportunities for learning away from them. Failure provides benefits that cannot be gained any other way. Failure is a gift disguised as a bad experience. Failure is not the absence of success, but the experience of failure on the way to success.”

Read the full article here