Whether we like it or not, we all face failure at some point in our lives and worse, so will our children. With a post from Not A Frumpy Mum talking about the same thing, it sparked a renewed interest and I've been doing a little reading around the subject. Now I'm clearly far from an expert, but I thought I might weigh in anyway.
I've always been terrible at coping with failure, so much so that even now I tend not to try something for fear of failing or being awful - either that or I give a half arsed attempt so I can say it was because I didn't really try. It's only natural to want to be good at everything and this was especially so for me - despite having a wonderfully supportive family who only ever wanted me to try my best. Somehow though, this had become so deeply ingrained in me that it took a while to realise how ridiculous I was being (thanks mainly to him - the first person to make me realise that it's ok to fail, it's how you cope with it that counts).