NDAGC Webinar Newsletter

February 2020

NDAGC Webinar Library

If you missed our webinar, you can find it archived in our NDAGC Webinar Library. Just visit the Membership Portal. We are working on offering professional development credit for these webinars. Stay tuned. A summary of the February Webinar is provided below.

How to Help Your Perfectionistic Child Feel Good Enough

With a drive to excel, many gifted children set high standards for themselves. High standards form the basis of perfectionistic behaviors commonly seen among gifted children. At its best, perfectionism offers motivation to work hard at difficult tasks. At its worst, perfectionism creates unrelenting standards that contribute to low self-esteem. Attendees will learn (1) why gifted children are so prone to perfectionism; (2) the difference between unhealthy and adaptive perfectionism; (3) how to distinguish among different types of perfectionism and the consequences of each type; and (4) strategies for home and classroom to help gifted children pivot back toward a more well-balanced self-view.

Resources for Parents from Anna Marie Breaux, Ph.D

• Adelson, Jill L and Wilson, Hope E. Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids (2009)

• Cross, Tracy L. Practical Advice for Guiding Gifted Children (2004)

• Cross, Tracy L. The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Kids: Understanding and Guiding Their Development (2005)

• Delisle, James R. Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips from Raising Happy and Successful Children. (2006)

• Fertig, Carol. Raising A Gifted Child. (2008)

• Greenspon, Thomas S. Freeing our Families from Perfectionism. (1997)

• Nugent, S. A. (2000). Perfectionism: Manifestations and intervention strategies. Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 11 (4), 215-222.

• Sachs, Brad E. The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied. (2001)

• Waitzkin, Josh. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance. (2008)

Resources for Children and Teens from Anna Marie Breaux, Ph.D

•Adderholdt, Miriam and Goldberg, Jan. Perfectionism: What’s Bad About Being Too Good. (1999)

•Burns, Ellen F. Nobody's Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism (2008)

•Espeland, Pamela and Verdick, Elizabeth. See You Later Procrastinator (Get It Done) (2008)

•Galbraith, Judy and Delisle, Jim. The Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. (1996)

•Greenspon, Thomas S. What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism: A Guide for Kids (2007)

•Stewart, Trenton L. The Mysterious Benedict Society (2008)

•Urban, Linda. A Crooked Kind of Perfect (2009)

•Ziebert, H. Lunchtime for A Purple Snake (2003)

Webinar Series

“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.” David Burns