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High school is a safe time to let children take risk, fail, learn, and grow strength of character - or grit. Protective parents can hurt the child, who may acquire a mentality of entitlement and not the mental muscles to recover from a fall. This Web list is inspired by Jennifer Meer's article "My parents let me fail, which taught me how to live" and Salman Khan's view.
- Why will Salman Khan not tell his son he's smart?
- Why did Jennifer Meer's parents let her fail, and how did she benefit?
- Why should you let your children take risk, fail, and learn the consequence?
- What if you over-protect?
Dishes - Let Them Fail and Grow Chops - Failure Comes from Protection Desserts References and More
- Play with fire,
- Own a pocketknife,
- Throw a spear,
- Deconstruct appliances,
- Break copyright law.
At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do -- and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
"Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. They’ve found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones."
By: Salman Khan
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My 5-year-old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a
“Those moment-to-moment things that you do to save your kids—like when they’ve forgotten their homework on the table and you run it up to school for them? That’s going to end up biting them in the butt down the road.”
“Middle school is such a fantastic place to let your kids fail because the stakes are still low. Kids are going to make some of the big mistakes”—whether that’s forgetting their homework, cheating or worse—”and they’re going to get a taste of real consequences.
Do you do too much for your child? Here are 5 ways to teach them to do for themselves, and become more independent this school year.
"I have worked with quite a number of parents who are so overprotective of their children that the children do not learn to take responsibility (and the natural consequences) of their actions. The children may develop a sense of entitlement and the parents then find it difficult to work with the school in a trusting, cooperative and solution focused manner, which would benefit both child and school."
A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks.
- "Failure is an opportunity to get your child to look at himself."
- The Benefits of Letting Your Child Feel Discomfort,
- How to Talk to Your Child about Failing: 3 Questions Parents Should Ask.
- “What part did you play in this?”
- “What are you going to do differently next time?”
- “What did you learn from this?”
There's a quiz/survey at the bottom of the page "How much GRIT do you have?"
When Angela Duckworth was teaching seventh-graders, she quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. She explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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