21 Ideas to See Mistakes in a Positive Light – Positive Discipline Parenting

Mistakes_hand_heartCreative Ideas to View Mistakes as Wonderful Opportunities to Learn

Changing your interpretation of mistakes can impact your parenting in a huge and encouraging way. If you’d like to embark on this journey of seeing mistakes in a whole new light, here’s a list I created especially for parents. Seeing mistakes as wonderful opportunities to learn is an important step to practicing Positive Discipline parenting.

  1. Read the encouraging picture book, Pete the Cat (HarperCollins, 2010) to your child. Learn to sing the song that Pete sings in this Pete the Cat video.
  2. Listen to this TED Radio Hour show about Making Mistakes.
  3. Read Jane Nelsen’s article, Mistakes are Wonderful Opportunities to Learn.
  4. Watch Oprah tell a quick story about a breakthrough mistake she made.
  5. Family Meal Activity: Cultivate an attitude of normalizing mistakes. During a family meal, turn the conversation to mistakes. Share a mistake you made recently (or one you made as a child) and ask each family member to share a mistake they made.
  6. View inspirational quotes about making mistakes at BrainyQuotes.com.
  7. Say to your child, “I love you no matter what. No matter how many mistakes you make, I will always love you.”
  8. Practice the 3 R’s of Recovery after you make a mistake <— a Positive Discipline Parenting Tool
  9. Look through this list of 40 Things You Learn from Making Mistakes by Maria Hill.
  10. Check out this Pinterest Board called Maximize Your Mistakes from Create Your Results Coaching.
  11. Create Your Own Pinterest Board about a positive view of mistakes
  12. Snuggle in with your child and read the picture book, It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014.)
  13. Read Brene’ Brown’s article,  Imperfect Parenting Series – Making Mistakes
  14. After your child makes a mistake, say, “It’s okay. Everybody makes mistakes.”
  15. Watch Diana Laufenberg’s Ted Talk, How to Learn? From Mistakes.
  16. Discover how Lily makes up for her mistake in the picture book, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (Greenvillow Books, 2006.)
  17. Write responses to these journaling prompts about making mistakes.
  18. Contemplate this article, Benefits of Failure: Why Making Mistakes in School is a Must by Cindy Donaldson
  19. Check out a mind map from IQMatrix about Learning from Your Mistakes.
  20. Tell your child about a mistake you made when you were a child.
  21. When you notice you are blaming or shaming yourself or your child for a mistakes, sing, “Let it go! Let it go!” a la the song from the movie, Frozen.

Learn more about the concept that “Mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn” in the book Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen. Enjoy!Kelly093 cropped

Kelly Pfeiffer

Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

Parent Coach


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