When Is It OK to Quit?

Mom bloggers share the highs and lows of their experiences with quitting as part of the Care.com Interview Series.

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Is it ever okay to quit? We all probably grew up hearing "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." Maybe some of our parents even said it to us growing up, as we came up against challenges that were difficult or activities we didn't like.

But does it still apply? Care.com took a closer look at how modern families view quitting and asked four of our favorite mom bloggers: When is it OK for your child to quit? Though they share a belief that quitting something for the wrong reasons never wins, they gave us some tips on how to handle quitting in your family, as well as a few ideas of how quitters can actually win.

  1. "I love quitting! At least when I'm quitting something that isn't making me happy. It is very liberating and empowering to admit that something just isn't fulfilling for you and to let go of it." -- Amber Dusick, Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures

    See how Amber talks to her kids about quitting

  2. "Don't worry that this is the make-or-break decision that will determine who they are, what they like, and what they will become...sometimes an activity that seems uninteresting at one point becomes extremely interesting later on (and vice versa). And decisions aren't forever."
    --Lenore Skenazy, Free Range Kids

    See how quitting led Lenore to do things she thought she'd never do

  3. "I encourage my own kids to test their limits, because even if they don't succeed, it's a huge accomplishment if you show up and try your best. Quitters don't ever experience all that life has to offer because they play it safe every step of the way." -- Beth Feldman, Role Mommy

    Read about how Beth is currently dealing with her daughter's quitting

  4. "Give something the time it deserves to evolve with your goals in mind. Evaluate the progress. Reset your approach if needed. Then, decide what to do next. Quitting, or "moving on," may be the best option that fits the situation." -- Stephanie Lema, Be Positive Mom

    Learn Stephanie's unique approach to handling quitting -- with her kids and with herself!

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Comments (2)
Allison B.
I think they should finish the commitment which would teach them how to be reliable and about how their actions affect others. Then they would not have to sign up again. :-D
Posted: October 05, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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Gina M.
My 2 sons took dance class last year...my older son loves it and is enroled again this year...my younger son, on the other hand...not so much. One evening we were coming home from dance class and he said, " mom, don't sign me up for dance EVER AGAIN!" At this point they were in 2 classes. I said okay, I won't sign you up next year, but you have to finish at least one class. He decided to finish the one class where he danced next to his brother (the other class-which he quit-he danced with a "girl" partner). Hes at the stage where he thinks girls are gross. So, this year its just soccer and he absolutely loves it. If they try and don't like it, its okay to quit.
Posted: September 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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