Failure is something we all have to deal with at some point in life.
Teenagers often are not given the tools to cope with failure - in fact often they feel parents are disappointed in them and are afraid to even admit to bad grades or other losses in sports.
So what can you say to help them deal with a loss?
Cliche' terms can make your son feel like you are belittling the loss.
It is important to affirm that the loss feels bad - at that point of truth the focus can be directed toward the fact that everyone has to loose at some point - what is important is what a person does after the failure - if they will get back up and try again.
Do you have a plan for helping your son through his next attempt in life?