Pressure Doesn’t Make Perfect: Beware Sky-High Expectations
August 28, 2018
Straight As, exceptional extracurriculars, bright futures. We want it all for our kids. “I do see high schoolers struggling with high parental expectations,” said Karen Williams, LIMHP, CHI Health psychotherapist.
Showing interest in our children’s activities is extremely important. But interest can become obsession when we try too hard as parents. “What we do want is for kids to live up to and into their potential – not our idea of perfection,” Williams said. “There’s no perfection for kids or for parents. We all make mistakes and we get to try again.”
5 Signs Parents Need to Step Back
- You criticize more than you praise your child.
- You micromanage your kid’s projects.
- You feel like every activity will make or break your child’s future.
- You’re making decisions your children should make.
- You become frustrated easily and lose your temper
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- Pressure Doesn’t Make Perfect: Beware Sky-High Expectations
- Rude, Mean or Worse? Always Take the Kind Road
- Helicopter No More: Be Present without Hovering
- When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All
- Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
- Cutting: An Explainer
- Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
- Simple Ways to Break the Silence – Conversation Starters
- Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
- Mental Illness: 10 Warning Signs
- Set Limits for Strong Kids
- Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
- Vaping and Juuling: A Trend on Fire
- Building Kids Up: The Parents' Role
- Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?
- Trophy-Free Self-Esteem: Get It with Grit
- Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip