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July 18, 2014

No Pain, No Gain

Image: Flickr/papermoons

Image: Flickr/papermoons

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” (Seneca)

Muscles grow when they are forced to work. This is common knowledge; it’s why we go to the gym. But the same principle holds true for our minds and the minds of our children. By shielding your child from difficulty, whether it be in the classroom, on the playground, or at home, you’re actually hindering their chances to grow.

The next time you think of the phrase “No Pain, No Gain,” don’t just think of weight lifting and spin classes, think about your child and the way they’re developing. Real growth is tough. It’s messy. It hurts sometimes. When you see your child struggling with something, take a deep breath before swooping in to the rescue. Your child is being presented with a chance to grow stronger. Don’t deprive them of that great opportunity just because you can’t handle your own anxiety.

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