Safe Environment -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

We all want our children to grow into adults capable of making healthy choices about their lives.

 

In order to be able to make these choices they need to be able to make mistakes. 

 

When we get something wrong we learn and we also deepen our understanding and our character. 

 

In our lives we will make thousands of mistakes, it is how we deal with them that is the vital element. 

 

We want our children to look at their mistakes as an opportunity not an adversity. 

 

In order for our children to be able to do this we need to provide a safe environment where mistakes are not punished, seen as an embarrassment, ridiculed or fixed by others.

 

In a Q&A session with Your Teen Magazine’ author and educator Julie Lythcott-Haims  states

 

‘Childhood itself can provide much of the teaching and learning that humans have always needed….

We want children to feel competent because they have skills they learned because they tried and failed, and tried and failed, and tried again – and succeededWe should take a step back so our kids can step forward, and blossom into the humans they deserve the chance to be.

 

In our world today we rush in too quickly to help our children and fix their problems. We want our children to grow into adults who can fend for themselves, but they will find this increasingly difficult without practise. 

 

To enable our children to grow in capability and character we need to provide a safe environment where decisions, problems and mistakes can be spoken about honestly. 

 

We need to provide an environment where we can role model how to solve our problems and how we positively view our mistakes, talking about what we learnt. 

 

We need to provide an environment where our children get the opportunity to make and fix their own mistakes. 

 

If we equip our children with the skills and safe environment needed to make and fix their own mistakes in childhood, they will be better equipped to fix the larger decisions and mistakes they will face in adulthood. 


If you would like to find out more about this and each individual parenting block please follow my blog. 


See my other parenting block blogs here. 

7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Expectations

Boundaries

 

3 thoughts on “Safe Environment -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

  1. Really great post. It is a fine line between ‘over parenting’ and letting them run riot! Kids are no different to adults really, we all need to make some mistakes to learn how to make them right.

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    1. Thank you….I agree…I talk to all the children I look after like the adults they are going to be. I show them respect and trust and ask for the same in return. We make mistakes in front of each other and we all learn together.

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