Mom, Please Let Me Fail

We have all heard it before, “in order to succeed one must first learn to fail.”  As a parent this means we have to let our children fail before they can succeed.  I know, it is so difficult to watch your child fail.  And it all begins so very early.

As our babies learn to walk it is hard to sit back and watch when you know they are going to fall.  But if we were to swoop them up every time they wobbled, how would they ever learn to walk?

My older kids seem to rarely take my advice, and on the occasion they do I can tell they are not always completely convinced I have any clue what I am talking about.   I have learned to be ok with this.  When they gain wisdom through their own mistakes they truly learn – they succeed.  Through their own experience this newfound knowledge is concrete, definable and able to be reconstructed and amended – they own it.

Forbes Magazine recently published an article, “7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders.”  Guess what number 1 on this list was – “We don’t let our children experience risk.”

So do your kids a favor, let them fail.

 

Are you looking for a Great Book too?

Certainly I have mentioned this before, but just in case you missed it, I LOVE books.  I especially love really great books and children’s books.  Currently I have been reading quite a bit of non-fiction.  And it isn’t really that non-fiction is one of my favorites, but if I read a novel, I want it to be awesome.  That you see is the problem with finding a really great book, from there forward the expectation has been raised.

So as always, I am on the hunt for another awesome book to read…  Let me know if you have any ideas.

Until then, there is only one week until the announcement of this year’s Youth Media Awards!

On January 27th, the American Library Association will announce various awards for children’s books including the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  If you are looking for some great children’s books to read take a look at previous years’ winners.  Books that have made these lists are always a pleasure.

These are the two books I would pick if I were on the 2014 committee…

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