How familiar is it the image of a child crying out of frustration when they make a mistake in their homework, while playing sports or even participating in a fun activity? For adults, it may often seem silly that children would get upset over such little things, but when keeping in mind the ratio of mistake to age, we start to get a sense of how they might feel – the same way we do when failing at a task at work.
Making mistakes and errors can spark a whole spectrum of emotions for most of us, ranging from sadness and anger all the way to frustration and embarrassment.
So how exactly do we learn to react to mistakes?
From a very young age, the way peers, family members and teachers react to children’s mistakes usually sets the tone for how they will react to their own errors later on. Whether their errors are met with understanding and encouragement or disappointment and pressure to do better, children will either learn that mistakes are normal or that they are a sign of failure.