Thursday, June 4, 2009

Allowing kids to make mistakes

A dad told the story of how he was shopping with his 6-year-old son and his son decided he really wanted to buy a toy car with his allowance money. The car he wanted was flimsy and the dad was fairly sure that it wouldn’t last long before it broke. The dad mentioned his concerns to his son but still allowed his son to make his own choice on whether or not to buy it.

Well his son bought the car. Within a week of having it, the front wheels broke off. Instead of saying “I told you so”, the dad helped his son glue it back together. Although it wasn’t quite as good as before, the son thanked his dad for helping him fix it. This boy’s respect for his dad grew that day along with some wisdom about buying cheap toys.

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