I once heard someone say that they regularly try to do things with their kids that they are not good at. Or at the very least, may stand a reasonable chance to experience failure.
So often we find ourselves encouraging our children to push for success. "You can do it!" we applaud. This is a good thing. A parents' blind belief that their children are amazing and possess a wide berth of potential can be a great source of security and motivation for a child.
However. We don't always experience success, despite our best efforts and cheers from the sidelines. And that's okay, isn't it. Life is full of grand attempts ... and grand failures, too.
Oddly, what is prudent may not always be what feels natural.
Because sometimes it's good to try things that may result in peals of laughter ... rather than rounds of applause. I think it's good for my kids to see that in action.
Because even if we fail, we can always try again. And sometimes we even succeed.