Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work though difficult problems.
Other Gever Tulley quotes:
When we protect children from every possible source of danger, we also prevent them from having the kinds of experiences that develop their sense of self-reliance, their ability to assess and mitigate risk, and their sense of accomplishment.
Avoiding guilt is not the same as making rational decisions.
Children can only learn to take responsibility when given a chance to assess and mitigate risk for themselves.
If kids never encounter even tiny risks, they never develop that thing we call common sense.
The more opportunities we have, the more likely we are to be able to handle the unexpected.
Every child, and every person, deserves a chance to make something of themselves.