The Perils of Perfectionism: How Can Schools and Families Respond

Research shows that perfectionistic characteristics are on the rise among young people, feeding into a range of mental health and wellbeing difficulties, and leading to reduced motivation and performance in the longer term. The good news is that schools and families can make a difference; by supporting young people to develop “perfectionism literacy” and striving to avoid the creation of “perfectionistic environments” at home and in school. NACE CEO, Rob Lightfoot, will share an overview of current research in the field and practical strategies to help schools and families respond.

Managing Your Gremlin

It’s really important to be kind to other people, but it’s just as important to be kind to ourselves. Sometimes, we might think bad or negative things about ourselves. These kinds of thoughts tend to make us feel worse! It’s important to notice when we think like this and stand up to these unhelpful little ‘gremlin thoughts’. This activity can help!

5 Ways to Tackle Negative Self-Talk

It’s not uncommon to hear children engaging in negative self-talk. Find out our top five things to do should you hear your child being unkind about themselves.

What Makes You ‘You’?

Helping children to appreciate all of the wonderful things about themselves is an important way to build their self-esteem. Children and young people of all ages can use these activities to encourage self-compassion, recognise the traits and achievements that make them great and promote positive self-reflection.

Who is There for Me?

Sometimes, we need to talk to someone. It might be we are feeling a little bit down, need cheering up or really need to get something off our chest. Sometimes, when we are feeling like that, we forget who we can turn to, call up, or email. Sometimes, we just need to keep a list handy of the people who we know are always happy to listen.

CV for Primary Age Children

Creating a CV which celebrates their achievements and skills can provide a big boost to young people’s self esteem. Encourage your primary aged children to feel proud of all that they are capable of with our ‘practice’ CV.