13/10/2013 13:29 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Life Lessons For Children - You Can't Always Succeed


This week my son who swims for his local swimming club took part in badge night.

He wanted to get his 50 metre badge. Unfortunately it didn't go to plan.

He was prepped and ready for action (new goggles and all!) and to be honest I'm not sure what went wrong... maybe it was nerves, maybe he just forgot what he was doing but he didn't make it this week.


As a parent there is nothing more heart breaking than seeing your child want something so much and fail. But that's a part of life; we don't always succeed in what we want and sometimes it takes a few tries.


He got out of the pool in tears, knowing that he had failed. He knew he'd failed because he'd grabbed onto the edge of the pool during his length.

All I could do as a parent was calm him down and reassure him that its was OK, his time would come.

He was gutted. I was gutted.

I know that when he does do it he will be thrilled.

I think our children need to know that they may not accomplish something first time round, that life has its challenges.

I want my son to grow and to learn that if he works hard he will succeed.

I do believe that he will, and although it was heartbreaking he will be all the more grateful when he does get that badge under his belt!

He is positive, determined and very competitive, I am very proud of him and what he has already achieved.

I'm sure my son will get his badge next time and I am over the moon at what he has achieved already.

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