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How to Overcome Fear of Failure Together

Being a parent, what we share in common is our unwavering love and concern for our children’s happiness and success. While we are working towards that, we navigate the rollercoaster of emotions and one of the worst emotions is seeing our children struggle with the fear of failure

As adults, we have gone  through this phase and it was painful. As a result, we naturally want to shield our children from this emotional pain. Sometimes when we shield them too much, they will suffer from growth. So, how can we play a vital role in helping our children overcome this fear and embrace their full potential?

As a parent, I’ve come to realise that finding the right balance between shielding my children and letting them face challenges can be quite challenging. Throughout this journey, I’ve stumbled upon practical tips that have helped me create a nurturing environment for them to grow, from cultivating a positive mindset to fostering open communication. Instead of offering solutions, I strive to be the guiding light that leads them towards building resilience and achieving success. It’s not about providing all the answers but empowering them to find their own way to thrive.

There are 2 main areas we need to focus on:

  1. Cultivate a positive mindset and create a safe environment for their children.
  2. Understand their children’s fears and challenges, foster an environment of open dialogue and active listening..

So, grab a cup of coffee, get cozy, and let’s embark on this journey together, unlocking the secrets to empowering our children to face challenges head-on and conquer their fear of failure. 

1. Cultivate a positive mindset and create a safe environment for their children

As parents, we hold the power to nurture our children both on their physical needs and also their emotional well-being. 

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is not the physical needs but the ability to cultivate a positive mindset and create a safe environment for their growth. 

By fostering a mindset that embraces 

          • challenges
          • learning from mistakes
          • seeking opportunities for growth

We equip them with the tools to conquer life’s hurdles with resilience and determination.


Solution #1 – Encourage Growth Mindset

There are many talks about fostering a positive mindset by praising effort and perseverance rather than solely focusing on outcomes. But how exactly do we do that? 

Let me show you one example:
When my children face a challenging task, I consciously acknowledge their hard work and determination, regardless of the final result. Saying something like, “I noticed how you tackled that difficult Science question and kept trying until you figured it out.”

This helps instil the belief that effort leads to growth and improvement.

Solution #2 – Embrace Mistakes as Learning Opportunities 

Having a safe environment is so important but always being neglected. We tend to assume home is safe but if the home doesn’t allow mistakes to be made and seeing it as a valuable learning experience IS NOT a safe environment. 

A safe environment is where mistakes are seen as valuable learning experiences. When our children make a mistake, we need to be aware that we do not criticize or scold them. Instead, offer support and guidance. 

For example, if they spill something while eating or drinking, say, “It’s alright! Let’s clean it up together, and we’ll be more careful next time.” 

By doing so, you teach them that errors are normal, and it’s okay to learn from them without fear of judgement.

Solution #3 – Model Positive Self-Talk

With our busy schedule, we rarely share with our children the challenges we faced and usually we brush it off when we are home. 

Do you know that it is important to share our own challenges and how we handle them with optimism? In this way, we can demonstrate positive self-talk to inspire our children to do the same. 

For example, if we face a setback at work, we might say, “Today was tough, but I’m determined to find a solution tomorrow. I know I can handle it.” 

This encourages our children to develop a resilient and optimistic attitude towards life’s ups and downs.


2. Understand children’s fears and challenges, foster an environment of open dialogue and active listening.

Nowadays, in most families, both parents are working and children are participating in numerous extracurricular activities. The lack of time and energy can make it challenging to have meaningful conversations between parent and child. 

Furthermore, financial worries, work pressures, and other stressors can make parents emotionally unavailable for communication. When parents are overwhelmed, it will be difficult to engage in open and empathetic conversations with our children.

As our children grow, I started to yearn to understand my children’s innermost thoughts, fears, and challenges. From then, I started making changes to my schedule and stopped giving myself excuses because creating strong connections with my children is a precious gift I can offer. I want to gain valuable insights into their world, their dreams, and their worries.

Here’s what I did:

Solution #1 – Create “Special Time” for One-on-One Talks

Set aside dedicated moments for one-on-one conversations with my child. This can occur at mealtimes, before bed, or even during a walk in the park. During this time, we set aside all our devices to create a safe space where we can focus and pay attention to each other and open up to each other’s feelings and experiences.

For example,
During our “Special Time”, I ask “How was your day at school?” Anything you want to share? ” 

Solution #2 – Practice Empathetic Listening

This is so important. In the past I used to judge or jump to conclusions when my children expressed themselves.

Now I made a conscious effort not to do that. When my children express their fears or concerns, I actively listen without judgement or interruptions. I learned to demonstrate empathy by acknowledging their emotions and validating their experiences. 

For example, if they confide in me about feeling nervous before a big event, I would respond with, “I can understand why you might feel nervous about it. It’s completely normal to have those feelings.”

Solution #3 – Ask Open-Ended Questions 

I used to ask questions which they can answer with a “Yes” or “No” and I realised it doesn’t really create further meaningful conversation with them. 

I started to avoid such questions and engage in more meaningful conversations by asking open-ended questions that encourage them to express themselves more deeply. 

For example:
Recently my child went to a school camp, instead of asking, “Did you have fun at the camp?”
I asked, “What were the best parts of the camp? Is there anything that surprised you?”

By incorporating these practical tips into your daily interactions, I’ve noticed that the bond between my children and I have strengthened and created a foundation of trust that fosters open communication. 

Reason being, they feel heard and understood. I have also noticed they’ll be more likely to share their fears and challenges, allowing me to support and guide them through life’s adventures. 

Building a strong parent-child connection takes time, patience, and genuine interest in their world, not yours. 

It takes baby steps and I am still working on improving it. So, let’s embark on this journey of heartfelt communication and listen to the beautiful symphony of our children’s voices.

Remember, it’s normal for us to worry about our children’s struggles and to want to protect them from setbacks. But as we’ve discovered, it’s through these challenges that they learn, grow, and develop resilience.

Which solution from this blog resonate with you the most? How do you envision implementing them in your parenting approach?

PS: Leave a comment or questions if you have any. 

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