As our society is becoming more performance-driven, it is making us more insecure and competitive. According to an article published by The Straits Times, it is mentioned that the fear of failure is causing an immense amount of stress in our society today. (1) Due to one’s fear of failing, they are afraid of trying new things. Hence, allowing for an inability to hold them back from realising their full potential.
The word “failure” has always had a negative connotation to it. Nobody likes to fail. However, failing may not be that bad after all. Just think of Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventor of the century. He is the prime example of how failure is the key to success, and that it should be embraced instead of being fearful of.
So, why is failing good for your child?
Failure is good as a learning experience
Every time your child fails, it is an opportunity for them to learn from their failure. When a mistake is made, it is the perfect time for them to know where their strengths lie and what are the areas they can improve on. When constructive feedbacks are taken into consideration and put into actions, your child will then not make the same mistakes in the future. Failing is a way to help your child learn, grow and gain experience.
Failure is good as it builds resilience
Resilience is an important trait that is vital to one’s success. Resilience in learning is about how one perseveres through challenges and not gives up easily when being hit with setbacks. According to studies, a student who is more resilient tends to perform better academically and has stronger social and emotional wellbeing. (2) Failing is a way to help your child build resilience in life.
It is crucial to view failure as a stepping-stone to success. Do not scold your child when they fail. Instead, teach them to learn from their mistakes and not let their fear of failure stop them from working towards their goals. The key to success lies in learning from one’s shortcomings, and that failure is not being defeated but merely another chance to try again.