When children believe they’re capable, they’re more willing to challenge themselves, to try something new, to even fail several times but persistently keep at a task until they get it right.

Parents (myself included) often assume that because they’re little, they can’t do many things. So, we wait until we think they’ll be able to get it right quickly before giving them opportunities to try. With very good intentions at heart, we rob them of early opportunities to grow the self-confidence that is so integral to their success in all stages of development.