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30 Ways to Respond To Your Perfectionist Child

30 Ways to Respond To Your Perfectionist Child

Do you have a child who is a perfectionist? Perhaps they freeze up or get frustrated over the smallest tasks or they want to make sure everything is, well, perfect

How can we, as parents, teachers, and caregivers, respond in helpful and positive ways when our child is struggling with perfectionism? Below is the list of supportive responses that work wonders for the families in our Raising Kids with a Growth Mindset Facebook Community.

Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our FREE Affirmation Bracelets. It’s important for children to be surrounded by loving and encouraging messages. These affirmation bracelets will boost your child’s confidence and help them feel like they can do anything.

30 Ways to Respond to Your Perfectionist Child


  1. Practice makes progress.
  2. Perfect is a perspective.
  3. All that matters is that you’re doing your best.
  4. There is no perfect! What’s important is that you give it your all!
  5. You’re doing your best and your best is good enough!
  6. Perfect is a myth. Effort and growing your brain are the real deal.
  7. No one is perfect. We’re all imperfect and that makes us all unique.
  8. The purpose is not to make it perfect. The purpose is to try, experience, and learn.
  9. What would “perfect” look like to you?
  10. Amazing things come from accidents and imperfections.
  11. There is no such thing as perfection.
  12. I'm so proud of you for working hard. You are learning so much!
  13. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but if you want it to be better we can practice that.
  14. Mistakes allow us to embrace imperfection, while still nurturing effort, practice, and skills development.
  15. All you can do is your best. That’s all anyone is asking for.
  16. Remember we learn from mistakes!
  17. You are trying hard. You can be proud of that.
  18. What is your vision? What could you do next? Can I do anything to help?
  19. I can tell you tried hard and it shows!
  20. Imperfections are what make things unique and special.
  21. You are perfecting the practice.
  22. Perfection isn’t the goal. Learning and practicing are.
  23. Practice makes it better. Improvement is the goal, not perfection.
  24. It’s okay to be disappointed when it’s not as good as you hoped, that's what spurs you to improve!
  25. We all can feel good inside knowing that we are doing our best.
  26. If something is worth doing it’s worth doing badly.
  27. The strive for perfection is an imperfect objective in and of itself.
  28. Hard work creates progress.
  29. Practice makes it easier. 
  30. Perfect is for dreaming, progress is for doing.

Create a Jar of Awesome (available in the Big Life Kids Podcast Season 1 & 2 Activity Kit PDF) to celebrate the small wins that move your child closer to their dream!  Every time they feel unmotivated or discouraged, re-read the wins from their jar. It will help them to keep going!

4 thoughts on “30 Ways to Respond To Your Perfectionist Child

  1. avatar Meredith says:

    Looking forward to exploring your website!

  2. avatar Kim weigh says:

    I can’t find this in my email. I thought I saw it this morning and now I can’t find it. It’s not in my junk mail either. Is there any way I can have it sent again?

  3. avatar Ana says:

    Love these! I have said some of these to my kids and have worked at times. The jar suggestion at the end wuch a great Idea :) THANK YOU! for providing us with words to communicate better. I have two 5 and 8 yr orld who have high standards for themselves so this is so helpful.

  4. avatar Dawn says:

    Good morning, I would love to receive everything if possible. Thank you! I love the charts but I didn’t receive the 2 . If possible can you please send them to me. Thank you so much!

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