Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids and Teens
Publisher: Prufrock Press
ISBN 10: 1593633629
ISBN 13: 978-1593633622
Proven strategies for helping kids and teens break free of the bonds of perfectionism.
Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids and Teens pinpoints a crippling state of mentality among many kids and teens today - the need to be absolutely perfect - and gives parents and teachers the guidance and support they need to help children break free of the anxieties and behaviors related to perfectionism.
For children who believe their best is never good enough, perfectionism can lead to excessive guilt, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, depression, pessimism, obsessive and compulsive behavior, and a sense of rigidity. By delineating the major types of perfectionists and providing practical tips, the authors show parents and teachers how they can help these children effectively control their perfectionist tendencies and use those to their advantage.
This engaging, practical book is a must-have for parents, teachers, and counselors wanting to help children overcome perfectionism, raise self-confidence, lessen guilt, increase motivation, and offer a future free of rigidity.
The book "Letting Go of Perfect" is a pretty accessible read and has some good strategies for both teachers and parents in how to help their child overcome perfectionism. They also go about debunking some of the myths around perfectionism, which I believe are very important to share . . . If you are seeing perfectionism in your child or students, this book is worth a read. --Gift-Ed Connections
About the Author
Jill L. Adelson taught fourth grade in Newport News, Virginia. Hope E. Wilson worked as an elementary art instructor in Texas. They each will receive doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut in May 2009. Jill and Hope together conducted a long-term research study of perfectionism in children.