In this post, I'd like to discuss strategies for parents to use when their children make mistakes. One of the many jobs parents have is to help their children learn from their mistakes and positively handle disappointments. Children need to learn that mistakes are not bad. Of course, parents must differentiate between mistakes that can be used as learning opportunities and those that could be harmful or dangerous for the child in some way.
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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