As adults, we’ve all experienced failure a time or two, some of us more than we’d like to admit. It’s what you do with that failure that makes all the difference, and more importantly, what we teach our kids to do when they fail that can truly help to build their character.
Failure can be a key to success. If you ask many people they’ll even argue that failure is among the skills for success. Here’s why…
When you fail you learn how to pick yourself up. When you see your child fail, you have two choices; you can either let them curl up in a corner and feel sorry for themselves, or you can teach them to pick themselves up. When they chose the latter, they learn how to be resilient and how to learn from their mistakes. Failure means you tried something and it didn’t work out, so you need to try something else. This is especially true for kids in STEM programs. They may learn that one approach isn’t the best, so they learn how to look at things from different angles. This becomes a key to their success.
Failure helps you learn how to take risks. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never know unless you ask”. Well, you never know if something will work out if you don’t take risks. You can’t play it safe all the time. Many entrepreneurs will tell you this. If they didn’t take a risk on their ideas, they would have never seen their success. Many of them failed first. So, if your child has a great idea, encourage them to take a risk and try it out.
Failure can open up doors. People of all ages see failure as something to be avoided at all costs. In reality, it should be something we embrace ourselves and something we should teach our children to embrace. Failure can open up doors to new ideas. It can help us and our children see things differently and see things we never saw or thought of before. Instead of viewing failure as something we dread, we should teach our children not to be afraid of failure because it can also lead to good things and can be one of the skills for success.
If you’re looking for ways to build resilience and character in your child, try one of our programs at MakerKids. Our new location in Leaside provides a variety of programs that teach children how to make their ideas become a reality. While some of their ideas may not work the first time, they learn how to grow and turn their failures into successes. Call MakerKids today at 1-844-MAKERKIDS to learn more.