Fear of Failure

Church, Ellen Booth
November 2004
Scholastic Parent & Child;Nov/Dec2004, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p87
The article presents information on the academic failure of children and ways in which they can be treated. Fears are a normal part of development, but they can become unhealthy when they interfere with leading a happy, normal life at home and at school. One big shift in kindergarten is the awareness of other children's skill levels. It is important to stay on the lookout for signs of academic worries. One's child may lose enthusiasm for school or activities, or they might avoid trying new things for fear of making mistakes. One can involve the child in making decisions, reinforce her mature behavior, and celebrate appropriate risk taking, even if the outcome is less than perfect.


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