What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids
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What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids

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Perfectionism may seem like a worthy goal, but it’s actually a burden. When you believe you must be perfect, you live in constant fear of making mistakes. Most children don’t know what perfectionism is, yet many suffer from it. Nothing they do is ever good enough. School assignments are hard to start or hand in. Relationships are challenging, and self-esteem is low. Writte...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Free Spirit Publishing (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kirsten Hobbs
This is a short, nice book if you have a child with perfectionist behavior. It is written for kids, around 4th grade and up. I got it for my 6 year old. I read it, and now we will go through parts of it together.

One thing I learned is that perfectionism is not trying to do really well. Rather it's FEAR of NOT doing really well. Also, it is not an emotional disorder on it's own. This clarification was helpful to me.

This books has clear definitions, as well as easy journaling assignments and expe...more
Well. I read this book with my daughter, hoping to come up with some good coping mechanisms for her perfectionism and other quirks. I didn't realize I would learn so much about myself as well. Well written, easy for children and adults to relate to. If you have any perfectionistic leanings I would definitely recommend this!
If you have a child who is a perfectionist and is constantly being very hard on themselves, this book is for you.

I learned a few things and have some ideas on how to help my perfectionist child relax a little bit and realize that sometimes . . . good enough is, well, good enough.

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Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois. Tom lectures and writes on a variety of topics including perfectionism and the emotional needs of gifted children and adults.
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