I read this interesting article from a home schooling mum called Isabel Shaw on the Pros and Cons of Home schooling.
Choosing to educate your children at home is a big decision so this article may help you. Also if you already home school your children this may help remind you of the benefits and know that people can identify with any negatives.
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
Carrying on the theme of failure. How does failure make us feel? Stupid, worthless, embarrassed, pointless and at may make us want to give us.
But what is failure? Isn’t it simply making a mistake that can be rectified. Maybe my failure may be someone else’s success.
Who judges failure? Sometimes we judge ourselves too harshly, we need to be kind to ourselves and realise if we allow failure or mistakes to propel us forward, rather than cripple us we may go on to achieve far more than if we hadn’t ‘failed’ in the first place. If we are judged to be a failure by others then do we need to give them that power over us. After all we are all merely human beings who make mistakes.
If we can take failure and learn from it and ‘begin again more intelligently’ then I believe we have used our resilience and determination to show the world that we are strong, worthy and have an important part to play in this world. So whether our ‘failures are considered major or minor let us use them to become a better person, a better learner and a better resource to the world we live in.
‘Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’ Nelson Mandela
People fear failure and are often too scared to try new things due to not wanting to fail. I have found this particularly the case with children who are really bright, especially in Maths. Many cannot cope with getting things wrong. I love taking my students into the ‘learning pit’.
Is it ok to make a mistake? YES, YES, YES. Mistakes are often the best way to learn. You will have heard the expression ‘Fail forward’. But what does this take? It takes resilience, confidence and an understanding that it is ‘safe’ to make a mistake. Learn from them and move forward.
How many times does a toddler fall down before they learn to walk. They fall down and get up again. Each time growing a little stronger. We have the same resilience to draw upon that we did when we were young. We just need to get back in line with our resilience and have a determination to succeed. If as toddlers we all decided: ‘this is too hard’, ‘I can’t be bothered’, then the world would be a very different place.