Friday, 8 August 2014

Lessons from kids: dealing with challenging situations

This week's prompt from Sara at Mum Turned Mom is:

I love the way my kids deal with challenging situations.  I often think that I could learn a lot from it.  I'm great at avoiding challenging things for fear of failure... but if my kids did this they would never learn to walk, talk, read, write or many of the other things we all do everyday!

This week, I've noticed:
  • When toddler girl falls over, she gets straight back up again
  • When son spells something incorrectly, he laughs and asks for help
  • Watching us talk is toddler girl's favourite thing - she loves to practice saying 'apple'
  • When a friend came over and didn't want to play cars with our son, they changed what they were doing straight away with no fuss.
Isn't it easy as an adult to over analyse things and wonder what motivations are, worry about consequences, become stubborn and refuse to compromise with other people?  To turn challenging situations into something even harder with psychological barriers?  This week, my kids haven't done any of that - how wonderful.

I'd love to know how you handle challenging situations, and if you'd like to change your response to them.



  1. I used to stress about decisions and worry about everything before my kids were born, but now I make decisions with ease (apart from deciding on home decor). :)

  2. What a fantastic way to look at this, and how very true! I worry when I see kids start to develop that fear of failure, not wanting to try something in case they get it wrong and I suspect that it is us teaching them that through our own approach to challenging situations. Great post! Thank you so much for linking to #ThePrompt and huge apologies for being to late commenting, it's been a very busy couple of days!