5 Ways to Help Your Child Who Tries Too Hard for Perfection
- Model graceful acceptance of your own shortcomings. Laugh at your own mistakes.
- Be gracious and forgiving of others' failures and shortcomings.
- Redefine the word 'mistake'. Teach that mistakes are proof of learning instead of failure.
- Give your child 'permission' to makes mistakes and discuss the benefits of making mistakes-learning patience, new skills and the development of useful experiences.
- 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
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