By GreatSchools Staff
Get your child used to using “stick with it” words like, “I won’t quit!” and “I can do it!” You can also come up with a family “stick with it” saying, like, “Mistakes don’t get us down!” and “The family that doesn’t quit!”
Tell your child a story about when she had trouble doing something, but kept trying and succeeded. “Remember when you were scared of starting preschool, but you went anyway? You loved it and made good friends.” This kind of simple pep talk is often just what kids need to try, try again.
Tell stories from your own life about when you’ve had a hard time, but you kept trying and succeeded. These stories can be from your own childhood or even something that you did at work or home.
When your child keeps trying something – and then succeeds! – point it out. “You kept writing those numbers even though it was hard. You should be really proud of yourself.”
Sometimes when we see our child having a hard time, we want to step in and make it all better. But when we give kids a chance to fail, we also give them the chance to succeed. So the next time your child has a problem, ask him to think of ways to solve the problem. You’ll be surprised at what good problem-solvers kids can be!
Does your child seem to “lose it” at a certain time of day? There’s a reason. Children often get more frustrated when they are tired or hungry (Right before dinner, “the witching hour” is often prime “losing it” time.) So before trying something new or hard, make sure your child is well fed and has had enough sleep.
When your child can’t get something right, avoid blaming (“I told you this would be hard!”) or reacting with anger (“That’s enough from you! Don’t yell at me just because you can’t do the puzzle!”). If you feel yourself losing your cool, try your best to walk away for a moment. When your child is angry, tell him to take a break (running around the house to “get the angries out” can work wonders) and then come back and try later.
Read your child stories about someone who kept trying, no matter what. Ask your local librarian for books about people who kept trying, no matter what. There are good books written for young children, on everyone from Rosa Parks to Babe Ruth.
Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more
insights to help you help your child succeed.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.