Even though letting the child you've raised fail seems completely counter-intuitive from a parenting standpoint, it's 100 percent necessary.
"Parents and kids need to understand failure is a very therapeutic thing in the proper dose. We all need to learn more from our failures than our successes, and if someone is never failing then they aren't challenging themselves enough to grow, utilize their potential, and become resilient," Bradley said.
If you want your kid to exceed their expectations for themselves down the road, it's important to find a "sweet spot" between the areas in which they're achieving goals and ones in which they're failing early on. "Parents should also convey that failure is OK if they're open to owning it, examining it, and deciding what they can do different the next time."
And if you fight your child's each and every battle, Bradley recommends bringing that behavior to a halt ASAP:
"Parents who refuse to let their kid fail by arguing with teachers or coaches over grades, disciplinary actions, or playing time can cripple their children by not letting them handle the consequences of their choices."