Originally Posted by 1xmom
Anyone else have a little one so concerned about getting something wrong?
Oh, yes! My DS is also quite the perfectionist. Fortunately, last year his first K teacher (we moved during the year), whom we both loved, told him and the class that mistakes are GOOD becuase we learn from them. I'm so glad he has remembered that little nugget, because when he starts to freak out when he gets an answer wrong, I tell him 'remember what Mrs. M__ said about mistakes" and it always seems to go over better coming from her than from me.
When I had my last conference with his teachers before begining to homeschool a couple weeks ago, one of them said, in a very dramatic voice, "I have something to tell you that you really need to know as you start homeschooling". I was expecting something profound, unusual or exciting from her tone of voice, and she said, "he tends to be a little bit of a perfectionist". Um, yeah, I know, I've lived with the kid for 6.5 years, thanks! The 'expert' teacher assumed she knew my son better than I did, yeesh! Her advice was that I (and DH) say out loud when we've made a mistake, to normalize it.