Why Is It So Hard to Let Our Kids Fail?

by | Aug. 06, 2016

Mormon Life

Here personal experiences from parents and advice from psychologists that might help you learn when it's good to let your kids fail.

There is no question that one of the most difficult things about being a parent is letting our children stumble, fail, make mistakes.

I wrote a story last January asking if it's okay to let our kids fail. I shared how difficult it was to let my then-7-year-old daughter bring a project to school she felt like she had put her heart into, but that I worried wouldn't measure up to what the other children might do.

After listening to the experts and reading the research about how harmful our inability to let our kids stumble can be once they've grown into young adults, I admit I'm much better at pulling back. Still, l find myself struggling at times.

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