While it’s hard to watch kids – especially those with ADHD – struggle with failure and disappointment it doesn’t do them any good to take disappointment out of their lives. Walking with your kids through disappointment and perceived failures gives them life skills and a resilience that can’t be gained any other way. The skills and resilience will give them the tools they need to succeed against any odds and achieve their goals – like many great men and women before them.
- Both kids and adults need to actively cultivate grit and persistence in the face of disappointment and failure.
- Many famous successful people in science, politics and the arts only attained success after a long string of failures.
- The stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — often also apply to failure as well.
“Once we allow ourselves to experience “failure,” our brains draw a blueprint for how to handle setbacks in the future, and more importantly: how to recover.”