Celebrating Failure Essay

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“The quickest road to success is to possess an attitude toward failure of ‘no fear’” – Ralph Heath, author of Celebrating Failure: The Power of Taking Risks, Making Mistakes and Thinking Big. Failure-avoiding parenting has undermined the independence, abilities, and academic potential of an entire millennial generation. Currently, in exchange for their child’s happiness, overprotective parents live a miserable life. This eventually leads to overparenting, a misguided attempt to improve their child’s personal future and academic success. Ironically, as a result, their children are less pleased and content in life. Teaching them to fear success enables a blockade on their surest path to achievements in life. Parents in the United States should …show more content…
Allowing children to make mistakes first-hand help benefit them as a whole. Currently, parents out of devoted love, “desire[s] to protect [their] children’s self-esteem...[eventually leading to] depriving children’s important lesson of childhood: that setbacks, mistakes, and failures are the very experiences that will teach them how to be resourceful, persistent, innovative and resilient” (Lahey). Giving children the chance to be involved in making decisions on their own allows them to solve their own problems without any aid. This will ensure the ability to learn more about themselves and their life through self-experiences. Children ultimately develop self-confidence and posses self-assurance when they figure out how to overcome obstacles on their own. When dealing with mistakes, “treating children as if they are too fragile to handle failure is weakening their sense of self-worth, ability to self-regulate and capacity to maintain healthy relationships” (Bartlett). Failure in life is another stepping stone to great success. Children should be aware of the conditions they are living in. Such conditions are increased by those around them who are responsible for their health, well-being, success, and failures.

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