Expecting Perfection

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
(2- 5 years)

In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life’s messes.

What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake

What to Do When Mistakes Make You Quake: A Kid’s Guide to Accepting Imperfection by Claire A.B. Freeland & Jacqueline B. Toner, illustrated by Janet McDonnell (5 – 10 years)

The complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to cope with mistakes so they can explore new territory without fear!

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

Brown explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough,” and “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.”

It Is Not Perfect

It Is (Not) Perfect by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
(3 – 7 years)

It Is (Not) Perfect reminds us that perfection is in the eye―and heart―of the beholder.

Nobody's Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect: A Story for Children About Perfectionism Kindle Edition by Ellen Flanagan Burns, illustrated by Erica Pelton Villnave
(8 – 12 years)

Sally Sanders is a perfectionist—if can’t she be the best, she feels like a failure. With the help of her teachers and mother, Sally learns how to relax and try new things without worrying so much about being the best.

Rising Strong

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

The Perfection Detox

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