Understanding Hard Work
Don’t aim for perfection, but teach kids that effort matters as well. This is an important attribute to cultivate and is a marvelous milestone for a child to reach. If a kid only gets approval when they achieve something in sports or school, they will learn that it is the only way. Culture wields this weapon and society allows it. Perfection is dangerous for kids as they believe nothing will be good enough. Nip that in the bud. “Excellence still sets the bar high, but it never connects failure with the love you give your children or the love they give themselves," Dr. Jim Taylor wrote in Psychology Today. If we teach kids that perfection is the only answer, they will develop unhealthy expectations.