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Making Mistakes Part IPosted Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 11:03 AM
Mistakes that are learning opportunities are the result of:
* a child's creativity and experimentation, or
* conditions beyond the child's control, or
* a child's lack of knowledge.
Children need to learn that making mistakes is a part of life. When children make mistakes, parents can help them learn to cope with the disappointment by following these strategies.
* Laugh when we make an acceptable mistake.
* Provide enough materials and supplies so that children always feel that they can start over if they make a mistake (in the case of a project, etc.)
* React calmly when honest mistakes happen. For example, "Oh, well. It didn't turn out as you hoped. We'll try again next time."
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Shannon is a licensed professional counselor and a national certified counselor and owner and clinical director of Tender Hearts Child Therapy Center in Cape Girardeau. He and several therapists at the center specialize in treating child and adolescent mental health issues in Southeast Missouri and work with parents using family therapy to develop parenting/discipline skills to deal with misbehavior and defiance. In his blog Shannon provides education on children's mental health topics and uses a question-and-answer forum for local parents to ask questions related to his field. Shannon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.