The Gift of Failure
I’m reading this book on the recommendation of my friend. I wanted to know how the author, Jessica Lahey was going to talk about the benefits of failure for kids. My kids are older but we have lots of kids coming to the studio and more over, I wanted to know how this idea might connect with our CReATE ON YOUR CAMPUS programs on school campuses.
I am nearly finished with the book. I am so glad to see that our philosophy for kids is in alignment with her message. We notice how confidence and successes are gleaned as a natural consequence when kids make stuff. Trial and error are part of the process of creating things. Ideas don’t always translate to physical form but kids don’t mind when they set the pace. They are too busy being engaged in what they are making to think about problems.
Among her many subject points, Jessica talks about creating opportunities for kids to find autonomy in the things they do. That’s another benefit of our free-style way. Autonomy is born into our self guided setting as kids create from their own imaginings.
I am enjoying her book and inspired for my own parenting of young adult daughters. I also appreciate the validation of what I feel is so important for kids, to do the things they can in their own way and for themselves.
Jessica will be speaking through our local school district, Las Virgenes Unified School District on March 18th. Click here is you want to learn more.
(photo credit jessicalahey.com)