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Why Embracing Mistakes Matters More Than Ever: Guiding Your Child to Rise, Not Fall At Jung Do MAA

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Our RISE philosophy – Resilience, Impact, Serve, and Excellence – guides parents in nurturing resilient children. Learn actionable steps to help your child rise above setbacks, celebrate effort, and cultivate a growth mindset. Together, let's empower our children to turn mistakes into stepping stones towards their potential. #EmbraceMistakes #GrowthMindset #ParentingTips #JungDoValues #RISEphilosophy


At the Jung Do Martial Arts Academy, we hold a powerful belief: mistakes are not only acceptable but truly remarkable opportunities for growth. This belief is rooted in our core values represented by the acronym RISE – Resilience, Impact, Serve, and Excellence. We tell our students that you either Miss or Take the Opportunity to Grow (see what we did there?). As parents, it's vital to understand why embracing mistakes is so crucial and how we can guide our children to rise instead of falling when they make a misstep.

The Power of Perspective: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones

Imagine the moment when your child realizes they've made a mistake. Often, it's as if they're suspended in mid-air, much like the coyote in cartoons who only starts to fall off a cliff once he acknowledges his error. But what if we could help our children use that suspended moment to rise?

In Kathryn Schulz's enlightening TED Talk, "On Being Wrong," she touches upon society's perception of mistakes. Just like that suspended coyote, our children can feel frozen by their mistakes. However, instead of letting them plummet, we can guide them to look upward and find the lesson in their misstep.

Actionable Steps to Help Your Child Embrace Their Mistakes:

  1. Reframe the Conversation: Shift the focus from success and failure to the experience itself. Ask questions like, "What did you learn from this situation?" rather than dwelling on outcomes.

  2. Celebrate Effort Over Outcome: Acknowledge their effort, resilience, and determination. Highlight their hard work with phrases like, "You really put in your best effort!"

  3. Share Personal Stories: Open up about your own mistakes and the valuable lessons you gained. This shows them that everyone makes mistakes and learns from them.

  4. Encourage Curiosity: Transform mistakes into opportunities for growth. Instead of dwelling on the past, ask, "What can we do differently next time?"

  5. Set Incremental Goals: Break down challenges into manageable steps. Celebrate every small victory along the way, reinforcing a sense of accomplishment.

  6. Practice Mindfulness: Introduce mindfulness techniques to help them stay calm and centered when facing challenges. Deep breaths can provide a pause for reflection.

  7. Model the Growth Mindset: Demonstrate a growth mindset by embracing challenges in your own life. Your example will encourage them to do the same.

At Jung Do Martial Arts Academy, our RISE values underscore our commitment to helping children grow into empowered individuals. Embracing mistakes aligns perfectly with our values and philosophy. With this approach, setbacks become setups for remarkable comebacks. Together, as parents and mentors, we can guide our children to rise above challenges, harness the power of mistakes, and truly soar toward their potential.

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