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Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

[toc] At New Haven, we often ask our students, “What would you try if you knew you could not fail?” This question helps teens see what is possible without fear, but it also contributes to the mindset that failure is bad.  We should be asking, “What would you try if you knew that you will…

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The Value of Failure in Adolescence

Whether it occurs at the ideal developmental phase called “middle childhood” or later in life, teaching young people to engage failure appropriately is a critical skill for successful adult functioning—both at work and at home. Especially with adolescents and young adults who have other coping deficits, this is a challenging process that requires, according to Bryant, a combination of strategies customized to meet the individual’s needs.

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