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Parents: let your kids fail. You'll be doing them a favor.


Your teenager has a science project due. He hates science. He hates projects (as do you). Do you:


  • A. Set deadlines for him, get the necessary materials, lay them out on the table with some homemade chocolate chip cookies

  • B. Ask your neighbor who is a renowned chemist to stop by and wax poetic about the joys of the periodic table

  • C. Hide and pray

If, out of love or a desire to bolster your child’s self-esteem, you picked A or B, teacher and author Jessica Lahey thinks you’re wrong.


“Do I want [my kids] to be happy now and not-scared and not-anxious, or, a year from now, do I hope that they pushed through being a-littl