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Help children learn from mistakes

May 25, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his publication, The Parenting Journey, H. Wallace Goddard says, “All of us make lots of mistakes. Sometimes our children’s mistakes bother us because they seem silly. It can help us to remember that we were once children and also made mistakes. We should allow children to be children.”

In other words…

 If we get angry when children make mistakes they may learn to be afraid of trying anything. That is why we should react to mistakes with calm problem-solving and gentle teaching. As our children get older, the most important teaching may happen when they start making sense of their experiences. We can encourage them to learn from these experiences. This is much better than punishing, lecturing, or scolding.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

The next time you feel frustrated because of a mistake your child has made, pause. Remember that children are children and shouldn’t be held to the same standards as adults. Teach them rather than scold them.

To find out more…

about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott.

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