But, when these times are too frequent and last too long, you’re creating a perpetual child instead of an adult.
They’ll never learn to take responsibility, have confidence, learn to cope or mature.
- We must let them fall down and teach them how to get up.
- We must encourage them, but not too much.
- We must teach them to take chances within their ability.
Tell them about your mistakes, how you learned to get up when you fell and what you learned from each time. Don’t excuse your children. Hold them accountable.
It may be painful now, but certainly less painful and less public than when they become adults.
Be brave, honest, integrous and practice what you preach. When they make mistakes, present them as teachable moments so they can learn without judgment.
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