Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting: Permission to make mistakes
December 6, 2016
Day Five: Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
So, Day Four was about practicing appreciation. Cognitively, most of us understand that mistakes are the path to learning. When we make mistakes, we try again. Sometimes, we try many times before we get it right. The same is true for children and adults. As we keep trying, we are building necessary pathways in our brain. Once we are successful at something, our brain holds on to that information. Typically, it is the mistakes that give us a deeper understanding of WHY something works.
The great thing about mistakes is that they teach us about so much more than the task at hand. Mistakes teach us patience, flexibility, compassion, and give us tremendous perspective!! Especially, when we make those mistakes in our parenting AND when we watch our children make mistakes as they grow and learn.
Mistakes are necessary and crucial to human development. In your appreciation journal each day, be sure to include one mistake you made that you appreciate!
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