Do you sometimes catch yourself stepping in to help get your kids out of a sticky situation? Have they ever asked you to bring their homework to school because they forgot it at home and it was due? Been there, done that. But as a friendly reminder, it is also important to remember that children should experience their own struggles so that they can learn how to solve their own problems and become resilient thinkers.
So how can we help them to normalize this behavior of overcoming personal setbacks and struggles? It sounds easier than we think. Adam Grant, a professor and author, suggested that parents and caregivers be open with their kids and talk to them about their own experiences. Parents and caregivers should also ask their kids for advice on what they should do to overcome their setbacks, which will help “normalize struggles” and teach children to overcome from their setbacks on their own. Here is a short video of Adam and his example: