Excellent article on perfectionism in kids and how to help.
By Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., author of What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids
If you are reading this blog post, you’re probably well aware that we live in a society steeped in performance pressures. For our kids, the competition to be at the top of the class in school, to make it into the best colleges, to have the best shot at prestigious careers, and to be outstanding in those careers is intense. Their A game must be brought to every encounter.
The anxiety attendant to all of this pressure is visible everywhere, and it’s one horn of a major dilemma: We worry that our children won’t make the grade, and we worry that the pressure to make the grade is too great. All of this creates a social context in which perfectionism—the desire to be perfect, plus the…
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