One of my main goals as a parent has been to NOT create an anxious, perfectionist people-pleaser (always a danger with a bright & sensitive kid, I think). I praise effort, not results. I notice, and create more opportunities for, what interests him, not what I or others think he should do. And yet here he is, worried to the point of almost daily anxiety attacks that he won't do well enough (whatever that means -- he couldn't define it for me) on the tests. Why? In my opinion, it's because no matter what I say about their unimportance, the amount of time spent in class reviewing and practicing for them speaks louder than my words. I am still not clear on why this focus is necessary, when everyone with the slightest knowledge of child development agrees it is BAD FOR THE CHILDREN.
Winged it (i.e. no pattern) for both, which meant I had to seam rip & redo about 5 times.
Do I feel better? No. Does Oliver? No. Do I have 2 new wardrobe choices I'm mildly excited about? Heck yeah!
Question of the Week: What do you do to distract yourself when you're stressed? Does it help?