Jessica Lahey is an educator, speaker, and writer. She has been an English, Latin, and writing teacher in middle and high school for over a decade, writes the biweekly Parent-Teacher Conference advice column for the New York Times, is a contributing writer at the Atlantic, and appears as a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Jessica earned a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in juvenile and education law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons.
"Instead of lecturing us about what we're doing wrong, Jessica
Lahey reveals what she did wrong with her own children and
students--and how she systematically reformed her ways. A
refreshing, practical book for parents who want to raise resilient
kids but aren't sure how to start."--Amanda Ripley, author of
The Smartest Kids in the World
"This fascinating, thought-provoking book shows that to help children succeed, we must allow them to fail. Essential reading for parents, teachers, coaches, psychologists, and anyone else who wants to guide children towards lives of independence, creativity, and courage."--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"It's hard to overstate the importance of this book. The Gift of Failure is beautifully written; it's deeply researched; but most of all it's the one book we all need to read if we want to instill the next generation with confidence and joy."--Susan Cain, author of Quiet
"Lahey offers one of the most important parenting messages of our times: Unless we allow our children to learn how to take on challenges, they won't thrive in school and in life. Her extremely helpful book tells her story, compiles research, and provides hundreds of doable suggestions."--Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making
"How can we help our children grow to be resourceful, happy adults? Lahey shows in practical terms how to know what your child is ready for and how to offer support even as you encourage autonomy. A wise, engaging book, steeped in scientific research and tempered with common sense."--Daniel T. Willingham, PhD, author of Why Don't Students Like School?
"Through an artful combination of anecdote and research, Lahey delivers a lesson that moms and dads badly need to learn: that failure is vital to children's success. Any parent who pines for a saner, more informed approach to child-rearing should read this book."--Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun