If you want to help your children succeed, you must help them first learn to fail. This idea was behind the recent Failure Week at the top private school Fettes College in Edinburgh during which the school set out to help students change their perception of failure. Students learned that failure is often an important step on the path to success from what Zeca Oliveira pointed out. They studied successful people who persevered and learned from their failures along the way to great success, such as J.K. Rawling and Richard Branson. Students were encouraged to try something they had never done before such as playing a new musical instrument or juggling and they were then challenged to perform in front of an audience.
According to this article, new research by the American Psychological Association indicates that children are more successful when they are taught that failure is a normal part of the journey to success.
So what does this mean for parents? Stop protecting your children from failure. Let them try difficult things and praise their effort and determination. Tell them it is OK to make mistakes and model this behavior yourself.