The Value Of Making Mistakes

July 06, 2019

Quote of the Week

"If people did not do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Let Your Child Make Mistakes

"Watching our children make mistakes is painful, and this goes for electrocution as well as broken hearts. Whether they’re falling out with friends or off a climbing frame, our instinct is to protect our children. Yet they learn important lessons from making mistakes, and gain confidence when they spring back from them. An important part of emotional intelligence is knowing what to do after you’ve made a mistake.

‘Learning to control anger and frustration are the building blocks for coping in life,’ says Dr John Buckner from Harvard Medical School. We often stop children from making mistakes to save them feeling distressed.  But young children aren’t afraid of messing up. It’s only as we grow older and become socially conscious that we learn to associate blunders with shame. " [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
By: Susan Verde
Ages: 4-8

"From the picture book dream team behind I Am Yoga and I Am Peace comes the third book in their wellness series: I Am Human. A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong." - Publishers

Be the Change

This week, talk to your kids about something they thought was someone else’s fault and examine if it may have been their fault and how they could have changed the outcome.  Additionally, here's a neat infographic for parents that shares some positive tips on supporting kids to learn from their mistakes.