The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents now rush to school to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher, journalist, and parent Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well-being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.

Everywhere she turned, Lahey saw an obvious and startling fear of failure—in both her students and her own children. This fear has the potential to undermine children’s autonomy, competence, motivation, and their relationships with the adults in their lives. Providing a clear path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most important, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s setbacks along with their success.

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  • 001 The Gift of Failure
    Duration: 41s
  • 002 Introduction
    Duration: 37min
  • 003 Chapter 01
    Duration: 31min
  • 004 Chapter 02
    Duration: 45min
  • 005 Chapter 03
    Duration: 31min
  • 006 Chapter 04
    Duration: 18min
  • 007 Chapter 05
    Duration: 33min
  • 008 Chapter 06
    Duration: 43min
  • 009 Chapter 07
    Duration: 28min
  • 010 Chapter 08
    Duration: 41min
  • 011 Chapter 09
    Duration: 39min
  • 012 Chapter 10
    Duration: 44min
  • 013 Chapter 11
    Duration: 31min
  • 014 Chapter 12
    Duration: 33min
  • 015 Conclusion
    Duration: 04min
  • 016 Credits
    Duration: 56s
  • sample
    Duration: 01min