Perfectionism can seem like a positive trait, however, when taken to the extreme, it can have severe consequences on a child’s mental and emotional well-being. Perfectionism is when a child sets impossibly high standards for themselves and has an all-or-nothing mentality. They often feel like they need to be perfect in every aspect of their life, from school work to sports and everything in between. This intense pressure to be perfect can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and even self-harm. One of the main consequences of perfectionism is low self-esteem. Children who are perfectionists are their own harshest critics and are often never satisfied with their performance. This constant self-criticism can lead to negative self-talk and a negative self-image. This, in turn, can cause a child to feel unworthy and inadequate. Perfectionism can also lead to a fear of failure. Children who are perfectionists may avoid trying new things or taking risks for fear of not being perfect. This fear can limit their potential and prevent them from experiencing new opportunities and challenges. So, what can you do as a parent to help your child overcome perfectionism? The first step is to recognise the problem and to seek help.
In my Wisdom Power Kids sessions, I can work with your child to help them understand that perfection is an unrealistic goal and that it is okay to make mistakes. I can also help your child develop healthier coping strategies and teach them how to be more self-compassionate.
If i can be of any help, please let me know
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