What You Can Do To Help When Mistakes Upset Your Kids

Help When Mistakes Upset Your Kids

Role Models of People Who Made Mistakes

Discuss quotes about mistakes from people they respect. Many can be found online.

Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Michael Jordan, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”


As your children build mistake tolerance and tenacity through setbacks, they will recognize mistakes as opportunities that increase understanding or skills rather than indications of failure. You’ll see them build increased determination solving problems and greater acceptance to corrective feedback and revisions.

These habits of mind will enhance their school experiences now, and boost their lifelong willingness to persevere while developing new skills and turning the unknowns into understandings.

Written By Judy Willis

Originally Appeared In Psychology Today

Children are way more sensitive than grown-ups, and naturally do not have the maturity to understand many things. As a parent, you should try to make them realize that it’s okay to make mistakes and that it’s not the end of the world. Help them understand that everyone slips at some point, and what matters is moving on from it.

If you want to know more about what you can do when mistakes upset your kids, then check this video out below:

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