“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” If there’s anything I’ve learnt in life, it is that the path to greatness is plagued by many failed attempts. “Try again next time” precedes the golden prize. Your kids would fail at different point in time, so… It’s important they see failure in good light:
“everybody wins all the time” is probably something we say to our kids to make them feel okay. But We know it’s not true. It’s also a terrible example to set. Losing is every bit as important in human growth as winning.
Your child wants to be Timi Dakolo; then you hear him sing, there are just some things we aren’t cut out for. It’s best to learn that at an early age. The good news is that they are a champion at something. Guide them towards where their gifts lie.
Mistakes humble. They can hurt. Yet without them, we are stagnant. Every mistake we make is an educational experience. Every success is built upon a foundation of errors and corrections.
Explain to your kids to never cheat themselves on effort and they will always gain from it. No matter the outcome.
We should not allow our children to give up on themselves. Maybe your son has failed twice in Maths. And he is self-loathing. Help him pick himself back up and try again. Encourage him to keep at it and very soon he will get through it.
As a parent, it is important you are able to define succes to your kids. Help your child know that success isn’t a function of his acquisitions but a function of who he is. Who he chooses to become.
Sometimes, we need a good laugh at ourselves when we make mistakes. It helps take control of your thought before the negative emotions swoop in. Teach your kids to laugh at themselves while resolving to be better.
Failure can be a good thing when seen in proper light. Teach your kid today.