Why it's important to let kids fail

Psychologist Melissa Johnson, PhD, shares advice for parents on the benefits and importance of letting kids fail in order to learn from their mistakes
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Why it's important to let kids fail

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Children can have meltdowns when they have disappointments a feel like they have failed. One of the really valuable tools that we can help our children develop is the capacity to bounce back from failures, disappointments, and mistakes. Children that are highly capable academically, socially, or athletically may not have the opportunity early in life to experience bouncing back from failure. It's vital that we encourage our kids to do things that aren't easy for them, to do things that they are not going to do perfectly at the first time. Then we validate them for their effort, for the risk-taking and value the fact that they were willing to take on something challenging that was difficult and not easy.

Psychologist Melissa Johnson, PhD, shares advice for parents on the benefits and importance of letting kids fail in order to learn from their mistakes

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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