Helping Your Child Overcome Perfectionism

Perfectionism in children and teens can look like:

  • Tendency to become highly anxious, angry or upset about making mistakes
  • Chronic procrastination and difficulty completing tasks
  • Easily frustrated and gives up easily
  • Chronic fear of embarrassment or humiliation
  • Overly cautious and thorough in tasks (for example, spending 3 hours on homework that should take 20 minutes)
  • Tries to improve things by rewriting
  • Frequent catastrophic reactions or meltdowns when things don’t go perfectly or as expected Refusal to try new things and risk making mistakes

Use this helpful guide to help your child overcome perfectionism.


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