Learning to fail can lead to success later! GoldieBlox, a fun new engineering toy for girls, is spreading the message that girls shouldn't be afraid of failure instead they should embrace failure as a motivation for innovation. So what has been one of my biggest failures in life so far? Read on to find out and enter to win a GoldieBlox for your daughter!
Before I even had kids I wanted to homeschool them. I was certain that homeschooling was the perfect option for us. I spent an entire year researching curriculum. Then my daughter turned 6 and it was time to start Kindergarten. We (or I) excitedly jumped in with both feet. It was an utter disaster.
My daughter is as strong willed and stubborn as they come. It became very evident very quickly that she wanted nothing to do with me teaching her. It got to the point where we would skip doing school for weeks because I couldn't handle the struggle. By the end of the school “year”, my daughter still couldn't read. She barely knew her alphabet. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I had to come to grips with the fact that I had failed at homeschooling her. I realized I had to switch gears and find a solution that worked best for her.
So that next fall I enrolled my daughter in public school. I had tried so many different homeschooling options that hadn't worked. It was time to try another solution. It turns out that school was exactly what my daughter needed. She absolutely blossomed. But was very behind academically and needed remedial help in reading. She couldn't read at grade level (well, really at all!) so she struggled to keep up at first. She was frustrated and wanted to give up. I told her that she just needed to keep on trying and working hard and eventually she'd succeed.
And did she ever succeed. Not only did she achieve all B's, but she's now a straight A student reading almost two entire grade levels ahead. My failure at homeschooling turned in to one of my daughter's greatest achievements. I love that it also helped her learn that failure isn't necessarily a bad thing. Check out this inspiring video from a brand new toy for girls, GoldieBlox:
Gives you goose bumps, doesn't it? We all want our kids to succeed but innovation and success comes after a whole lot of failing. I love this message that GoldieBlox, this amazing engineering toy for girls, is spreading.
I'll admit that I wasn't sure if my daughter would even be interested in a building toy, but she loves, loves, loves it! She's been carrying around Goldie's journal for days reading it and drawing in her own inventions. She's creating a machine that can make her crab legs and melted butter – her favorite food. Goldie is a fun mix of building, writing and crafting, which my 8 year old loves.
I totally wanted to put together the ice cream truck, but she wanted to do the drum set first. She struggled a little to follow the directions and got frustrated when things weren't going together perfectly. But she kept at it and finally she had a drum set ready for Goldie to play.
I'd love for you to be able to have Goldie Blox for your daughter, too! Enter to win a Goldie Action Figure (above) and…
… a complete Builder's Kit in the widget below!
But if you can't wait to win (or need more than 1) – head to the GoldieBlox website and use my exclusive code for 20% your purchase! But hurry because the code expires April 5, 2015!! CODE: Spring2015-e3b9ffd6
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