Learning - Life Skills | 3-18 yrs

How To Handle Failure


“Failures are the stepping stones to success!” All of us have grown up listening to this proverb. There is no human who hasn’t experienced failure. Some emerge from failure as a stronger person, while some are deeply affected by it. 

For a child, failure can be something as simple as not being able to play in the school’s team, inability to ride a bicycle or not being able to secure high marks. Failures can affect the self-esteem of a child and she would need reassurance and encouragement from her parents to bounce back.

According to the article, ‘Can you overpraise your child?’, written by Anne Karpf in theguardian.com, "The single most important factor shaping how our kids cope with their failures is how we deal with ours. If being disappointed leads us inexorably to the drinks cabinet, we can't expect our cherubs blithely to accommodate their own disappointments." Therefore, it is important for parents to know about coping mechanisms they will need to teach their children to handle setbacks and emerge stronger from failures.

An article in positivelypositive.com says, "Children should be raised to consciously recognize that by putting in the core values of greater discipline, effort, patience, and courage, they will always reap greater life rewards." 

As a parent, you should strive to create a solution-thinking mindset in your child by teaching her to focus more on solutions than on the problem. When your child succeeds, praise her efforts to make her realise how hard work and planning paid off.

To get more tips on helping your child deal with failure, flip through the pages of the ClipBook.


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