Failure has become a dirty word in our society. Parents rush to defend and protect their children from any hint of disappointment.
That children should experience failure and misfortune has become an all-out taboo. Parents deflect any hint of failure or calamity from their offspring in an attempt to shield them from the cruel world.
If their child failed at something, it was not because of the child's actions, there was an outside force that surely influenced their circumstances.
Parents console their children by telling them, "what happened was out of your control and it's not your fault. It's okay, it just wasn't fair."
But failure is an integral part of life. Failure brings tears, true. But failure also instills an innate desire in us to become better.
In a word, succeed.
Imagine if some of history’s greatest minds were coddled and not allowed to fail, convinced by others that their setbacks were unfair and were the result of others' actions.
What does our future hold if our children are kept from success because we're afraid to let them fail?