I love this wisdom from Marcus for my daughter.
It’s really for me, but it applies to my relationship with her.
As a parent, you have the power to Influence. Mould. Change. Define. Correct. Make. Break. Wrong. Right.
In your child’s eye, you are a LEGEND. And there is no one else like you.
But as Spiderman reminds us, “With great power comes great responsibility”.
When your child makes a mistake, your first reaction is of frustration or annoyance. Such a simple thing, and yet they get it wrong.
The opportunity to correct, in that moment, is lost.
The learning is lost.
We forget that the mistake is an opportunity for learning. But kids have a lot of blind spots.
Their experience of life is limited. So learning and foresight don’t come easy.
As a parent, we must first correct them. With empathy and understanding. Show them what they did wrong. And why it was wrong.
It is our responsibility to empower them with the teaching. Not theirs.
Their job is to make mistakes. And we must let them. Not judge them.
It is through mistakes that real learning happens.
And if we can’t do that, as Marcus warns us, we are to blame.
See if you can be aware of learning opportunities that come your way today.
It doesn’t have to be with kids. The principle is the same with adults. The approach is the same.
If someone makes a mistake, let the first reaction be of excitement.
An opportunity to learn. Teach. Grow. Not judgement.