They tend to wait until the last minute before starting school work. Is my child a perfectionist? Is this a problem or a strength?

Perfectionism in children refers to the tendency to set unrealistically high standards for oneself and to strive for flawlessness in various areas of life. While a certain degree of striving for excellence can be beneficial, extreme perfectionism can have negative effects on a child’s well-being and development. In Australia, studies suggest that perfectionism is prevalent among children, with approximately 25-30% of children exhibiting perfectionistic tendencies (Australian Psychological Society). Perfectionistic children often experience intense self-criticism, fear of failure, and a strong need for approval. They may engage in excessive self-imposed pressure, avoid taking risks, and experience elevated stress levels.

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