One thing I’m learning as a parent is how important my role is as a model to my children. They are watching my every move. My behaviors and actions affect them more than I know. This puts a lot of pressure on us as parents but at the same time, this provides us with a wonderful teaching opportunity.
Let’s teach our children a valuable lesson about making mistakes.
First, let’s teach them that it’s OK to make mistakes. Mistakes can teach us something important. We can make mistakes, learn from them, then move forward. I love the book by Todd Parr called “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes” for enhancing this life lesson.
Second, everyone makes mistakes. Practice makes better. I don’t teach my children that practice makes perfect because we might not ever master something, even after plenty of effort. I think there’s a balance to find when teaching our children about perfection. We’re learning in school to discover our likes, dislikes, and to recognize areas where we have strengths and weaknesses. In the end, it’s important we learn that it’s OK to have weaknesses and they don’t equal failure.
This month as I travel throughout Michigan speaking to thousands of children, I’m sharing my writing with them. I show them my writing from elementary, middle and high school. I point out that I made mistakes in my writing growing up and that even today, as a grown-up, as a published author, I still make mistakes and that is OK.
We all make mistakes.
– Maria Dismondy is a mother of three, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan.