Saturday, October 20, 2012
October 20. Day 294. Hit the wall
As a rah-rah parent I am my child's biggest cheerleader, praising, encouraging, complimenting. It used to be fashionable designed to build self esteem, we were told.
That was so last year.
Now we have moved on from the world where every child wins a ribbon in the sports carnival because we don't want to crush little spirits.
Now the thought is that if every little action is praised children will never learn what it feels like when you achieve something really big and really important after really, really working hard at it.
To truly understand how good it is to succeed you need to know what failure feels like.
The harder it is to get to the top, the more of an achievement it is when you finally get there.
I saw that in this young lady at the Milton State School Fair on the Green today.
She almost but not quite made it to the top of the rock climbing wall just before this pic was taken but lost her grip and down she went.
But near enough wasn't good enough. Once at the bottom she grabbed on and started again this time scaling the whole wall. That is something worth cheering about. Rah-Rah.