How to Teach Kids They Don’t Have to Be Perfect

“Perfectionism is, at its core, an experience of not being ‘safe’ and wanting to have some amount of control so that we feel that we can keep ourselves safe.”

There’s no such thing as the perfect child of course, but that doesn’t stop some kids from trying to be.

Rebecca Newkirk explains how to teach your kid they don’t have to be perfect and suggests parents be aware of the behavior they model, honor their children’s process instead of just the results of their efforts, and be specific when giving compliments.

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