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Learn How to Talk to Your Kids About Failure

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  1. #1
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    Dec 2021

    Default Learn How to Talk to Your Kids About Failure

    When your teens talk about their failures and mistakes in everyday activities, listen for a tendency to blame others or to give up too quickly. If your children aren’t doing well in school, do they blame the teacher or say, “What’s the use”? If their school project turns out awful, do they blame the materials or give up in anger? If they lose the game, do they blame their teammates or decide they’re just no good? If your kids are reacting like this, they may believe that failing at one or two things makes them a total failure. Perfectionists, especially, feel that their self-worth depends on external factors, such as being successful at everything do. These teens need to learn about the positive side of failure.
    Find Opportunities to Talk
    Mistakes are a positive part of everyone’s daily life, so it’s not difficult to find opportunities to talk about this subject with your child. When your teen brings home a school paper with a mistake, for example, don’t focus on the grade alone; talk about the error. “Making mistakes is one of the ways we learn things. So let’s see what you can learn from this mistake.” Then help your child find me correct answer. If your child tries to put together a project and it falls apart it’s finished, encourage him or her to use this event constructively. Ask, “Why do you think it fell apart?” “What can you do differently the next time?” “Let’s see you give it another try.”
    Talk About Your Own Failures
    You can encourage your kids to risk failure by talking about your own experience with risk taking and by admitting your mistakes and failures. You might talk to kids about the time you ran for class president and lost, or tried out for a team and didn’t make it, or tried to build a model airplane by yourself but found that you needed help. These admissions give teen permission to fail also.
    Help Your Children Practice Failure
    Everyone needs accept that no one can be the best at everything, that no one can win all the time, and that it’s possible to enjoy a game even when you don’t win. In short, it’s human to fail and make mistakes, this imperfection does not diminish our self-worth or reduce our chances of succeeding in the future.
    One way to teach this lesson is to arrange situations in which you occasionally let your teens fail. If you play card or board games, for example, don’t always let your kids win. If you play tennis or basketball, don’t consistently give them the advantage. Let them experience the disappointment of losing in a protected environment. Then encourage them to try again. It’s these little lessons that give our children the confidence and perseverance they’ll need to master difficult tasks and pursue challenging goals in their lives.

    Help to Say NO

    Also worth destroying the child's expectations that strangers will also be good with them as well as parents. In children, it is necessary to strengthen the power of will and patience, more often communicate with strangers and form a steady position of defense against other people's expectations. Be able to talk no and live in position so as not to please someone else's opinion

  2. #2
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    Mar 2022
    I have been married for 3 years. But we don’t have a child yet. This year I started to think about the possibility of adoption. My colleague made it and now her little princess has a caring and stable home. As for failures, they will certainly be in the lives of our children. As a rule, the parental instinct tries to reduce the likelihood of difficulties. But in fact, they help children to develop the skills of emotional stability and overcoming. The most important thing is to show that you love and appreciate your child in any way. And that failure is just an experience. I was raised this way.

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    Oct 2021
    One of the primary concerns of all parents is to keep their kids safe. It's impossible to be around your child every single time. So, It seems to me that invest a GPS tracker is the best option. GPS trackers will give you the accurate location update and we can also get an alert of their whereabouts. Family1st GPS trackers are the most talked-about GPS tracking service.

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    Nov 2020
    Thanks for your tips. Will use it with mt kids

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