“To shelter children every step of the way is to raise “failure deprived” college students and entitled and anxious 20-somethings who can’t function in a world that’s sometimes cold of cruel or indifferent, “says Megan McArdle. Talking with children about failure, sharing your ideas and feelings about mistakes can be helpful for all.
The books begs the questions—
~ Can you go through life and never make mistakes?
~ Do you think it is possible to be perfect?
~ Is perfection boring? Is there risk, fun, and adventure in perfection?
~ How do you feel when you make a mistake—embarrassed, foolish, stupid?
~ Do you try to deny or defend your mistakes?
~ Does the fear of making mistakes make you less wiling to try new things or take risks?
Additional books on failure for parents— Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey, How to Raise an Adult Julie Lythcott-Haims & The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success” Megan McArdle