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High Ability Parent/Teacher Resources

5 Ways to Help Your Child Who Tries Too Hard for Perfection

  1. Model graceful acceptance of your own shortcomings. Laugh at your own mistakes.
  2. Be gracious and forgiving of others' failures and shortcomings.
  3. Redefine the word 'mistake'. Teach that mistakes are proof of learning instead of failure.
  4. Give your child 'permission' to makes mistakes and discuss the benefits of making mistakes-learning patience, new skills and the development of useful experiences.
  5. Help your child explore the degree to which perfectionism affects all aspects of life, including relationships, work, play and appearance.

Virginia Smith Harvey
National Association of School Psychologist
Lawrence Kutnew
Clinical psychologist and author

The following links are helpful to parents of high ability children.  

Growth Mindset for Parents

Tips for Counselors and Teachers

Tips for Parents 

Parent Guide to High Ability Education and Advocacy

Southern Hancock Social and Emotional Policy