The other day my 7 year old was getting frustrated because the trap she had been building while her younger sister climbed the tree was not working. After a short discussion about the value of failure as a learning opportunity I realized that she did not actually know what she wanted to trap and as a result it was hard to know whether or not the trap would work.
A while ago I wrote about resilience and wrestling with questions about how I could help my children to develop resilience. Since I wrote that post I have been doing some reading. I generally don’t read much parenting advice because I don’t find it particularly helpful. Either I disagree with the recommendations or they are in direct opposition to the last piece of advice I read. Our kids are still alive so I think we are doing an ok job so far… [Read more…]