The Wonderful Lessons Your Child Learns From Mistakes
No parent likes to see his or her child make mistakes in school. It is especially difficult for a perfectionist parent. When the child comes home with a couple “B’s” on the report card, there is a tendency for many parents to gloss over disappointment with a false smile. The fact is many parents want their children to get straight “A’s.” Today there is a stronger emphasis put on parents for their children to achieve academic excellence. Consequently, parents often resort to saving their child from failure. Some common ways parents may intervene on their child’s behalf include:
Making sure they get all homework done even if it means sitting beside them.
Helping them with homework when they can do it on their own.
Keeping after them about their grades.
Forcing them to study for tests.
However, this “remedy” does not really help your child. Think back to some of the best lessons you learned along the way in life. Chances are many of those lessons were learned through some hard knocks and failures. As difficult as it may be, letting go of our children and allowing the mistakes, leads to some positive lessons. Here are 3 lessons children learn from mistakes.
There is nothing quite like being knocked down a few times to bring about a bit of humility. By humility we don’t mean a lack of confidence but rather a realization that everyone is prone to mistakes. This enables a child to be more forgiving to others when they make mistakes. It also develops patience.
Perseverance comes about as your child must get back up from a stumble or error and try again or keep going. Your child sees the value of continued hard effort and realizes that overcoming adversity is worth it in the end.
Have you ever went barefoot in the summer. You probably developed callous on your feet from stepping on sharp rocks, gravel, and other bristly things. This makes your feet tough. The same happens when the character of a person goes through sharp adversity, rough times, and other bristly situations. Inner strength develops.