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Experiment, fail and try again: important life lessons for your child

It's natural for parents to want their children to do well but many put undue pressure on youngsters, starting before they even go to primary school.

Parenting expert Nikki Bush says adults should not be depriving kids of the lessons to be learned from failing and trying again to achieve success.

We are so focused on the end point that we forget about the process. Childhood is actually a process of succeeding and failing, learning from failure and then mastering.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Children learn through experimentation and failure.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

She says sport is one specific area which can be very useful in this regard because there is an "allowance" for failure.

Encourage your children to play sport because on the sports field a child is not expected to score a goal every time they get near the goal post, for example.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

There's this allowance for trial and error. Coaches will try a number of different strategies until they find the one that works best for this particular team.

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

Practical examples of activities for parents to get involved in this process of trial and error with their children include doing science experiments and baking together.

If you have a cake that flops, do you chuck it out or do you re-purpose and create a pudding from it?

Nikki Bush, Parenting expert

For more tips on ways to involve your child in the process of experimentation and its benefits, take a listen:


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