Making Mistakes

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I don’t do much on Facebook, but I really like to read what other people write, especially when what they write is inspirational. Recently, a friend of the family posted this quote from Neil Gaiman. I think it is so important for adults and children to read and really take to heart what he is telling us to do. Here is the quote:

 

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― Neil Gaiman

 

Most adults I know don’t like making mistakes, myself included. However, don’t you find your biggest lessons learned in life have come from making mistakes?

This is also true of children. A child learns how to become a better friend after they say something to a friend that hurts the feelings of the friend. They learn not to say that, how to say the right things, how to treat people the way they want to be treated.

This is also true in making mistakes in school. Children spend seven hours a day in school and then another hour or more at night doing homework and studying. In those eight hours, mistakes are bound to happen. As educators and parents of these children, we need to teach children that not only are mistakes going to happen, but that mistakes are an essential part of living life and learning new things.

As a private tutor, I push my students to do more than they think they can do. I know that mistakes might be made in the process, but I also know the great satisfaction the student feels when he/she was able to do something new that he/she had struggled with in the past. If my students are too afraid to make mistakes, they won’t ever become the learners I know they can be!

Model this behavior with your children. Let them see you make a mistake, and learn something from it. Talk with your children about dreams you have that you have tried, even though you might make a mistake in the process of fulfilling the dream. Ask your children what they are afraid to do because they might make a mistake, and then help them and encourage them to do that thing anyway, mistakes and all.

What a great quote for the start of a new year!!Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” Here’s to the “glorious, amazing mistakes” of 2015!

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” Here’s to the “glorious, amazing mistakes” of 2015!

 

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