Why children need to see their parents fail

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s an adage you probably heard growing up – and maybe even tell your own children. New research shows that infants try harder when they see an adult struggle to achieve a goal.

Babies as young as 15 months can learn the value of hard work, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MIT researchers found that babies who watched an adult struggle at two different tasks before succeeding tried harder at their own difficult task, compared to babies who saw an adult succeed with little effort.

We want our children to see us as superheroes, but this study suggests it's not a bad thing for children to see their parents struggle, especially when they're working hard to achieve something.

Putting in a strong effort is always a good ideal to instill in your children. Other studies have shown that children's persistence predicts success above and beyond what IQ predicts.

So parents, believe in yourself and never give up, it may influence your own children to reach their goals.

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