I want you to let your children fail. Not with everything and not all the time. And I certainly don’t want you to let them fail if that failure would result in physical or psychological harm. But I do think it’s essential to allow children to sometimes fail. Not everyone agrees with me. There are plenty of “helicopter” parents who are driven by an ideology or a need for their children to succeed at everything.
We are too quick to come to the rescue of our children. If our children fail a test we blame the school. They get pulled from a game, we attack the coach. We even get in the middle of their fights. But are we really helping? Life’s a tough but good teacher. We must let it teach our children some lessons. One day we won’t be there to.