Wednesday, February 3, 2010


In one of my classes last week we learned that we need to teach children that it is okay to fail.
I think that is not only an important lesson for children but something I need to remember as an adult. It is okay for me to fail, as long as I don't give up.
Sometimes it is important to fail. When I fail, I can learn from my mistakes and often I come across a better opportunity.
I'm not saying you should always fail, but when you do, don't stress about it.
I think if people always succeeded then they would be spoiled, ungrateful people.
We need a little failure to keep us humble.
What do you think?

P.S. Don't you just love this picture?


AnnJames said...

haha that picture is perfect! i completely agree too, i'm so glad that i was raised to be competitive but also knowing that if i failed, it wasn't the end of the world. perspective is a good thing :)

amindinmotown said...

That's a great perspective to have, and such a tough one to gain. It's hard to look at failure and accept it, then move on. But in some aspects of life, it's absolutely necessary to do so. You've said this so well in this post.

Love the photo. So cute!

Sara said...

We talked about that in my individual and family development class last night.

If we make kids afraid to fail then they'll be afraid to try. Then, what's the point?

Love the panda, by the way.

Stephen K said...

That panda is AWESOME! I was lucky enough to see pandas a couple of years ago (at that place in China that had the massive earthquakes just months later!) and baby pandas are the cutest. I have a video knocking about somewhere of a panda doing a very very slow version of free running, haha!

And on a more serious note, you're completely right about failing. I personally take it VERY hard when I fail at anything, but all you can do it dust yourself off and keep on going! And learn from the shortcomings.

Salt said...

I 100% agree with this and even moreso after watching Toddlers and Tiaras last night. The pageant children were pitching a fit and the parents weren't much better. You just know that they are going to grow up with major issues.

And yes I love that picture. Pandas are my fave, especially when they are doing silly things.

Found your blog through Sara (minus the H) and it's so cute! I'm glad you guys had fun at yoga!

Salt said...

Or rather I should say "refound" your blog through Sara. And now have it bookmarked because I love it. :)

Brandi said...

I was thinking about this exact topic recently, though in connection to doing experiments in science class. Students are so concerned about "getting it right" that they often miss the lesson and the discovery of new phenomena. Failure is sometimes a really good thing -- it teaches us lessons, opens doors to new possibilities and ways of thinking. But I agree with you that giving up is bad.

And yes, that picture is so adorable.

mina said...

that is the cutest picture i have ever seen.