We don’t make mistakes. We just have learnings.
—Anne Wilson Schaef, author
I am appalled to think about the mistakes I have made in working with children and families. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and I certainly thought that I knew it all. It is useless to dwell on remorse or regret. It is more important to reflect upon mistakes, focus on what could be different, engage in new thoughts, and move forward. Mistakes are not a failing but are a result of taking a risk, trying something new, and being courageous. There is no shame in mistakes. Own your blunders and take responsibility for admitting your mistakes. We forgive children for making mistakes and not knowing. Be kind to yourself as well. After all, perfect is something no one will ever achieve.
In loving memory of Gryphon House author Leanne Grace, MEd, we are sharing pieces of her inspirational writing every Wednesday. Leanne was the director of professional development at Hildebrandt Learning Centers and a lifelong advocate for early childhood education. She inspired the early childhood community to prepare children as lifelong learners with her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. One person can make a difference, and Leanne did just that. She will be sorely missed.