Teaching Kids Through Natural Consquences

Why letting our children fail could be one of the best ways of guiding them.

Learning from Mistakes

As parents, it’s so tempting to step in and stop our children from making mistakes. After all, it’s hard to watch kids fail. Of course when safety is at risk, it’s important to intervene, but there are times when letting them learn from their own mistakes is one of the best lessons we can hand them explains Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine.

“I’m a big believer in children learning through the struggles that they undergo, through the natural consequences that they’re experiencing, and through the mistakes that they experience. I think parents often rob them of that opportunity by jumping in and fixing it for them, and when they’re younger it’s easier to do that. So in the tween years, the child is basically saying to us “I need to work this out myself”, and we need to honour and respect that because that’s going to help them grow and make them stronger as people in adolescence and as adults as well.”

The Parent Report’s guest is Julie Ross, Executive Director of Parenting Horizons and author of How to Hug a Porcupine.

From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service

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