Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens - Part 6

The Power of Failure

Failure is a natural part of life and is something that we all experience at some point. As parents, it’s natural to want to protect our children from failure, but shielding them from it can do more harm than good. Failure is an essential part of learning, and experiencing it can help our children develop important skills like resilience, problem-solving, and grit.

Encouraging our teens to take risks and try new things is one way to foster resilience. We should encourage our children to pursue their interests and ideas, even if they face obstacles along the way. This will help them develop the resilience they need to persevere through setbacks and overcome challenges.

Here are some tips for parents to encourage their teens to embrace failure as a way to learn and grow:

  • Celebrate effort, not just outcomes: Rather than only focusing on the end result, acknowledge the effort your teen puts into a task, regardless of the outcome. This will help them feel valued for their hard work and encourage them to keep trying.
  • Use failure as a learning opportunity: Encourage your teen to reflect on what went wrong and what they could do differently next time. Help them see failure as a chance to learn and grow.
  • Encourage risk-taking: Encourage your teen to take calculated risks, even if they might fail. Help them understand that taking risks is necessary for growth and progress.
  • Model resilience: Show your teen how you cope with failure and setbacks. Seeing you bounce back from your own failures can inspire your teen to do the same.
  • Avoid overprotecting: While it’s natural to want to shield your teen from disappointment, overprotecting them can prevent them from developing the resilience they need to succeed in life. Instead, give them the space to try things on their own and learn from their mistakes.

By following these tips, you can help your teen learn to embrace failure as a way to learn and grow, rather than something to fear or avoid.

Stay tuned for more tips to help your teen!


If you want to join a discussion about this or any other high school education topic, we have a group on Facebook called “Alternatives to High School” and invite you to join. The goal of the group is to give parents a place to discuss options to public/private school and standardized curriculum as well as share resources for educating teens.

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Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens

Part 1: Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking in Teens
Part 2: Encouraging Creativity with Entrepreneurial Thinking
Part 3: Building Resilience in Teens
Part 4:  Encouraging Problem Solving in Teens
Part 5: Tips to Get Your Teen Thinking Like an Entrepreneur
Part 6: The Power in Failure
Part 7: Risk-Taking in Your Teen

Part 8: The Power of Networking for Teen Entrepreneurs


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