Mistakes are Learning Opportunities

During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jewish people try to examine where they have "fallen short of the mark" and figure out how to do better. They ask forgiveness for sins they have committed against each other and against G-d - and maybe even against themselves. How do we help children realize that their actions have consequences and the responsibility for these actions rests with them? How do we help children become resilient enough to realize that when they DO "miss the mark," that they should try again (and again and again, if necessary)? The answers are complicated, but one of the most important things we do at the Gan is give words to actions and feelings so that children can learn to process these. We make every effort NOT to judge, but to encourage and coach children as they learn to navigate life and realize that "misses" are actually learning opportunities. Although these days of introspection are over, our personal work is not done, and neither is our work with Gan children. I invite you to think about how you can join us in these efforts. Shana Tovah.