Parenting – Fear of Failure

As my wife and I are becoming closer to becoming parents each day, I’ve been reading lots of material on pregnancy, birthing, and parenting. One of the books I’ve found particularly helpful is The Parent’s Tao Te Ching – Ancient Advice for Modern Parents, interpreted by William Martin.

This is from the book:

Beware of teaching your children
to climb the ladder of success.

Ladders lead down
as well as up.

If you overly protect your children
they will fear failure
and avoid pain.
But failure and pain
are twin teachers
of important lessons.
Unless your children fully experience both
how will they know
they have nothing to fear?

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