Today’s email post from my favorite parenting group is about how kids learn from their mistakes. This is key to how kids learn in Money Academy Camp, by trial and error. It’s the process of coming up with their own ideas, trying them out and then adjusting their plan according to what they learned from the experience.
Enjoy this article and imagine how you can use this to make a difference in your relationship to your child’s learning.
:: Go With the Flow… Even If It’s ‘Wrong’ ::
Sometimes we think we’re doing our kids a favor
when we tell them the “right” way to do something:
“No, dear… Do it *this* way.”
We think we’re just saving them the hassle of
reinventing the wheel, or preventing something from
being “wasted,” or saving time. But our corrections
also send unintended, unspoken messages, like…
* The end result is more important than the process.
* Efficiency is more important than joy.
* There is no value in making mistakes.
* Better to go with a “sure thing” than to take risks.
In other words, frequently correcting children
undermines their (and our) creativity!
So next time you see your child doing something the
“wrong” way, ask yourself if it’s really so bad that
you can’t go along with it. See if you can relax and
enjoy witnessing his or her process of discovery.
Children who are allowed to find their own way
learn that they *can* find their own way.