I asked several parents what they would say to a new parent about what they would do differently if they could. Here are their responses.
I would allow my child to succeed and fail with grace. I would allow her to take risks. Part of the maturing process for a person, regardless of age or ability, is to learn by exploration. Trial and error helps determine what is best for them. We cannot deny a person the chance to make mistakes or take risks because of our own discomfort or concern for their “safety.” The feeling of independence, accomplishment and pride may never be experienced and individual likes and dislikes never recognized if we don’t let them try.
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