Give your kids the gift of failing – April 15 (Updated)

Right: An upcoming speaker through Fay’s Ideas&Insights series counsels parents that letting children fail is a gift. (Image from Lahey’s soon to be published book.)

Fay School is continuing its Ideas&Insights series for parents. The next event takes on the topic of letting go and allowing children to fail.

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail

Join us for a special presentation by Jessica Lahey, a parenting and education expert!

Jessica Lahey writes the bi-weekly column “The Parent-Teacher Conference” for The New York Times and is a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Her book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will be published in August.

What’s the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Jessica offers advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need to succeed. She also will summarize current research on autonomy-supportive parenting, competence, rewards, praise, and failure.

The presentation takes place on Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm in Fay’s Harris Theater. (Signs will be on campus directing visitors to the theater.)

Please park at Fay’s Primary School (25 Middle Road, Southborough) or at Fay’s Office of Advancement (31 Main Street, Southborough.)

This event is free to attend and open to the public. No registration is required to attend the event.

If you have any questions, contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or

Updated (4/6/15 9:00 am): I inserted the time – 7:00 pm.

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