Teaching Kids to Learn About the Importance of Failure and Making Mistakes | El Paso, Texas, USA!
FAILURE is a big, scary word. It makes us doubt ourselves, it makes us forget about everything great we've done in our lives and wallow in everything that's gone wrong. And yet, failure is the best of teachers. Steve Jobs failed, Albert Einstein failed, J.K. Rowling failed, and even though they did, they all achieved glory and made their dreams come true. How are you or your children any different?
Just as any person can fail, any person can be successful. There has always been this idea that success is a flat road, one direction, and one goal: but it's not. Success happens when you don't let you failures bring you down, when you learn from your mistakes, and don't see them as errors, but as life lessons.
Winston Churchill had once said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.", and nothing truer had ever been said. Those who don't give up, those who always fight back when life strikes them down are those who achieve success and make their dreams come true.
It might be difficult to teach your children about the importance of failing and making mistakes, especially when everyone wants instant gratification but don't have the time to be patient. But, it is not impossible, and this is why I'm writing this article today. How could you teach your children this? It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be worth it! Get inspired from these tips, and of course, always add your personal touch, because, in the end, your children want their parents to show them the path.
Encourage Their Talents:
Maybe they're not good at sports, or maybe they have difficulties learning their multiplication tables. Maybe your daughter doesn't like playing with other children and prefers staying at home to read even though you want her to be more sociable. Or maybe your son doesn't want to become an astronaut, but a Chef. Your children have talent, and you need to show them that it counts.
Set the Example:
Always, always lead by example. It's easy, if you're in a difficult situation, don’t wallow in it and say that you'll never find a solution. Instead, show your children that failure, mistakes, and difficulties are what make you stronger. This way, they will follow your lead, and grow up to become just as strong and diligent as you want them to be.
Teach Them About the Journey:
Many people, travelers among them, say that what's important is not the destination, it's the journey. Teach your children how important it is to learn from it. Instead of being sad because they didn't achieve what they wanted to, they will learn how to appreciate their way to the result; they will look at it and see an adventure, instead of a means to an end. This is the only way they'll appreciate life, and learn from mistakes and failure.
Failure might be difficult, and your children might feel down after making mistakes. But instead of wallowing in them, teach them how to see mistakes for what they are: life lessons, opportunities, and the way to success. And hey, it happens to everyone! What's important is that you rise up and continue on your path of achieving GREATER and BIGGER things. Your potential and talents are massive and incomparable. Remember, how you talk about failures determines their success!