Korie Robertson Shares Touching Parenthood Story: It ‘Shaped Me as a Mother’

by Jacklyn Krol
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Korie Robertson shared parenting advice and a heartwarming story about her daughter Sadie.

What Korie Robertson Had to Say

Korie said that when Sadie was five or six years old, they went to the waterpark. “Sadie was doing those rope monkey bars across the water,” she recalled. “I was watching her struggle and feeling for her, those things are hard, and I yelled, ‘it’s okay if you have to drop.'”

She explained that even as a young girl, Sadie was competitive and might have felt embarrassed. As soon as she said that, another mother said to not tell her that, tell her that she can do it.

“I have no idea who said this, I can’t even visually who it was, but I remember the words clearly and it stopped me in my tracks,” she said. “I quickly changed my tune and I started shouting, ‘you’ve got this girlie, you can do it, keep going!’ She went a few more times hand over hand and fell into the water about 3/4 of the way across.”

Once she finished, Korie went to greet her at the side of the pool. She told her how proud of her she was for doing the best that she could. “Told her that she’ll get stronger and if she works hard and keeps trying that one day she’ll make it,” Korie Robertson added.

What She Learned

Korie said that the moment shaped her as a mother. “It taught me the importance of letting our kids fail,” she explained. “Sometimes you’ll give it all you’ve got and make it across and sometimes you won’t, but you’re always better for trying.”

Korie knows that it is not easy to do stand that it goes against mothers’ instincts to protect their children. “We all know the way to growing, the way to learning anything is through falling and getting back up,” she wrote. Additionally, one of her favorite quotes is “if you try and fail, you’re not a failure, you’re a risk-taker.”

Robertson will also be speaking at the Perfectly Imperfect Parenting Conference on October 23 and 24.

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I remember a time when @legitsadierob was probably five or six (I’m pretty sure I had a baby, Will or Bella, on my hip). We were at a waterpark and Sadie was doing those rope monkey bars across the water. I was watching her struggle and feeling for her, those things are hard, and I yelled, “it’s okay if you have to drop.” I think I said this because I worried that if she fell she’d be embarrassed or feel bad about herself (she was pretty competitive even at a young age) but as soon as I said it someone said to me, “don’t tell her that, tell her she can do it.” I have no idea who said this, I can’t even visually who it was, but I remember the words clearly and it stopped me in my tracks. I quickly changed my tune and I started shouting, “you’ve got this girlie, you can do it, keep going!” She went a few more times hand over hand and fell into the water about 3/4 of the way across. I ran around to the other side of the pool as she climbed out. Told her how proud I was of her that she had given it her all even though she didn’t make it all the way across. Told her that she’ll get stronger and if she works hard and keeps trying that one day she’ll make it. This moment taught me something that shaped me as a mother. It taught me the importance of letting our kids fail. Sometimes you’ll give it all you’ve got and make it across and sometimes you won’t, but you’re always better for trying. This is not easy as a mom to do. We have this instinct to protect our children from embarrassment or hurt feelings or whatever comes with trying something you don’t succeed at, but we all know the way to growing, the way to learning anything is through falling and getting back up. One of my favorite sayings is “If you try and fail, you’re not a failure, you’re a risk-taker.” I love that our kiddos are risk-takers! P.s. I love talking about parenting, and got to be a part of a great conference “Perfectly Imperfect Parenting” on Oct 23-24th the link is in my bio. Would love for you to join!! Let’s talk more!

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