The Gift of Failure

The Gift of Failure


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents now rush to school to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher, journalist, and parent Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well-being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.

Everywhere she turned, Lahey saw an obvious and startling fear of failure—in both her students and her own children. This fear has the potential to undermine children’s autonomy, competence, motivation, and their relationships with the adults in their lives. Providing a clear path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most important, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s setbacks along with their success.

People who listen this also listen:


  • 001 The Gift of Failure

    Duration: 41s

  • 002 Introduction

    Duration: 37min

  • 003 Chapter 01

    Duration: 31min

  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 45min

  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 31min

  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 18min

  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duration: 33min

  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duration: 43min

  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duration: 28min

  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duration: 41min

  • 011 Chapter 09

    Duration: 39min

  • 012 Chapter 10

    Duration: 44min

  • 013 Chapter 11

    Duration: 31min

  • 014 Chapter 12

    Duration: 33min

  • 015 Conclusion

    Duration: 04min

  • 016 Credits

    Duration: 56s

  • sample

    Duration: 01min