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Are You Making This Catastrophic Parenting Mistake?

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Picture this.

Your child says they can do something themselves. Like, make their own sandwich.

So you get out all the ingredients and they start spreading.

Only, they're gouging the bread with the knife. Parts of the bread have lots of spread on it, and parts are bare.

It looks a mess.

What do you do?

Most of us will jump in and 'save' our child. We'll say something like, "Here, let me help you." And we'll spread things out evenly, or start with new bread.

Basically, we'll 'fix' their 'mistake'. But the thing is, we often don't even wait for them to finish.

We jump in before there are any tears or frustration and we correct things.

I've done it, too. But I've also allowed my kids to make messy, gouged out sandwiches and guess what?

Those are the best sandwiches they've ever eaten.

And here's the thing.

When we jump in and 'save' our kids from possible failure, we're robbing them of an experience.

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