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Give your children permission to fail. I could list many wonderful things my mother instilled in me, but her fear of failure was so overwhelming that she would discourage me from attempting many things because there was a chance I would not make it. She never doubted my abilities, only the prejudiced eyes of a small town. The result was that I hesitantly approached every audition, every interview, every attempt to put myself out there with great dread. Winning was exhilarating—loss was devastating. That was the untold lesson she taught me. When I had children of my own, I was determined to gift them with permission to fail. It was harder than I imagined, but the reality is that we all fail at times, and then we pick up and move on—and so does life and the rest of the world. I had to hold on to my heart several…

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