The Gift of Failure

Children often get the message early: Standards are high, failure is not okay, parents come to the rescue, and participation medals build self-esteem. In Jessica Lahey’s bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, she explores this parenting trend in depth. She combines current research finding and her experience as an educator to present a fresh point of view.

Sunday. The Gift of Failure: Parenting Lifelong Learners. Jessica breaks down the research on motivation, resilience and learning, and explains how autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching not only boosts kids’ motivation, but improves educational outcomes. Using personal narrative and humor, she offers guidance on how to promote deep, durable learning and engagement.

Monday. The Addiction Inoculation: Preventing Childhood Substance Abuse. Find out what the research says about the most effective ways to prevent childhood addiction. Jessica outlines the risk factors, describes positive intervention, and offers actionable tools for raising happy, healthy kids who will be less likely to turn to addictive substances in stressful situations.

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