I want my kids to Fail so they can Succeed.

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I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do. – John Stuart Mill

I want my kids to fail.  That probably isn’t at the top of your list for your kids, but it should be.  Failure is one of the most important experiences they will ever have.  The road to success is paved with failure because failure teaches us how to succeed.

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  1. Great share, Jen!


  2. OMG — I am so happy to see you put that out there, Jen — I wish you could somehow guarantee that every single parent read this! Good for you! 😎


    • So do I Judith. We try to do this with our kids, not everyone needs to win, there is always a loser per se. And I also think that parents are doing their kids a disservice by being so protective. 🙂


      • Amen — if little Junior or Juniorette fell down and scraped a knee just once in a while, they would at least learn that things don’t always go their way. 😎


  3. Fabulous advice! I was a latch-key kid and learned at a very tender age to be self-sufficient. I’ve never needed to be entertained because I always found something to do on my own.


    • I also get so annoyed at these helicopter mums, and those that feel the need to do everything. Kids havae so much fun learning for themselves. And good on you! 🙂 Self sufficiancy is under rated.


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