February 7, 2011

Don't Be Afraid of Making Mistakes

What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!" ~ psychiatrist, Alfred Adler.

As a parent you'll make mistakes. That's a given. Parenting is about trail and error so when it comes to discipline don’t be afraid to try something new with your child. Sometimes you'll be successful and sometimes you won't. When you do make a mistake apologize to your child. Tell him or her you’re doing the best you can and that sometimes you make mistakes. What a great way to be a positive role model for your child.

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