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Parents, why are we afraid to fail?

When something goes wrong or we make a mistake, for some of us it can feel devastating. It can spark some destructive and negative self-talk that can sound like this: “I have failed.” “I am useless as a parent.” “My child will see that I never succeed.” “I will never be good at this.” “I have let myself and my family down.” “Everyone can see I’m incompetent.”

Sometimes these thoughts happen even before we have done anything because it is sparked by worry about the prospect of getting it wrong or failing. But why are we so afraid of getting it wrong?

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