While we’re on the topic of making mistakes, I came across this Feb 2013 article by Tim Elmore. This article outlines some of the mistakes we can make as parents. I loved the description of the parent who made a drone just to make sure his son made it to the bus safely…cool and yikes! At the same time. (Click on the title to access the article).
Even though I am the principal of a progressive school and As a parent, I see myself falling into these three traps occasionally and it is frustrating when I do. I appreciate his 8 steps we can employ as we “navigate these waters.”
And his, “Bottom line? Your child does not have to love you every minute. He’ll get over the disappointment of failure but he won’t get over the effects of being spoiled. So let them fail, let them fall, and let them fight for what they really value. If we treat our kids as fragile, they will surely grow up to be fragile adults. We must prepare them for the world that awaits them. Our world needs resilient adults not fragile ones. – See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/3-mistakes-we-make-leading-kids/#comments
I love that we practice these things on a daily basis at McAuliffe, that we have conversations on how to navigate these waters, sharing our successes and failures, and that we’re okay with mistakes knowing that we all make them and we can learn and grow from them.