Whether it’s not being picked for the soccer team or getting a rejection letter from your dream university, disappointments are a part of life. As parents, it can be tough to watch your child suffering, but you shouldn’t allow your child to let these bumps in the road define them.
“As parents, what really matters for us is that we help our children understand that they are experiencing disappointments, but they themselves are not disappointments,” explains Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, attending physician in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Co-Director of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. “And how do we do that? With our unconditional love.”
Dr. Ginsburg was on The TODAY Show to discuss how it is never too early to teach your children about resiliency and handling disappointment. Watch Dr. Ginsburg’s interview here.