In fact, when kids spend all their time trying to be perfect, they may actually end up hurting their ability to learn.
Could your child be a perfectionist? He is if he:
- Focuses on what he did wrong, not what he did well.
- Always has to get an “A” grade.
- Avoids trying new things for fear he may fail.
- Puts things off out of fear it won’t be good enough.
What can you do if you see these traits in your child?
Show your child you value him for who he is, not what he does.
Help him see what’s important and what isn’t. He should spend time researching for his report. But he doesn’t need to spend hours coloring the cover.
Applaud him for taking risks. Let him know it’s okay to make mistakes.
Make time for some things your child can do where he won’t compete.
Read about other achievers. Many say their mistakes were what helped them learn the most.
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