|Spills, homework errors, unmade beds, forgotten backpacks, lost sweatshirts, classroom warnings, and sassy tones. These are just a few ways my kids have messed up this week alone!
Kids make mistakes! Heck, we make mistakes too.
It’s hard for this perfectionist to admit, but EVERYONE makes mistakes. And it’s so important that we teach our kids how to deal with them because they have, do, and always will make them.
3 Ways to Help Our Kids Be Good Mistake-Makers…
2. Use teamwork: What if they forget their backpack? Do we rush it to school for them? No. We let them forget it and ask: “I noticed you forgot your backpack today. How did you solve that problem? And how can you solve that problem for tomorrow? Can I be helpful in any way?” This puts the problem-solving power on them but also lets them know that you are there to help if they need you! Kids must learn to figure out how to fix their own mistakes. Teach them. Don’t punish them. Empower them. Don’t embarrass them. Oh and my favorite checklists are perfect for helping with forgetfulness by the way.
3. Admit your own mistakes: One of the most beautiful things my kids have said to me when I’ve apologized for a mistake I made (which is often, I might add) is: “It’s OK, Mommy. Everyone makes mistakes.” Adults are mistake-makers too and the more kids see how we tell the truth, apologize, and problem-solve to “fix” our mistakes with confidence and without panic, the more they will become great mistake-makers too.
Lord, you call us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us. (Ephesians 4:32) As we guide our kids in making mistakes, give us grace to be kind, patience to be tenderhearted, and love to be forgiving. And always give us the wisdom to teach. Mistakes help us learn and grow to be more like You!
Here’s to building better families—
2 thoughts on “3 Ways to Help Our Kids Be Good Mistake-Makers”
Thank you for article Good Mistake Makers. This was very similar to our approach with our children. It was a life lesson they have benefited from many times over through the years. years. years
Tru–thank you so much for this positive feedback. It’s so important that our kids know that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes! It truly is a great life lesson. Blessings! 🙂