Talking to Kids About Mistakes and Failure

Mistakes and failure are never fun, and they can be especially painful for a child. It’s important to remember that every mistake is an opportunity to learn, but shaping children’s perception of failure can be an unusually challenging quandary. As some social scientists have pointed out, “It is possible that adults’ attempts to comfort children may hinder the learning process by influencing the extent to which children attend to and make sense of their mistakes.”

In other words, instead of immediately trying to help a child feel better about their mistake, it is instead more beneficial to congratulate them on taking that risk in the first place. Encourage them to pay more attention to their past mistakes, rather than excusing them for making it. To read more:, click here.