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The Pressure to be Perfect and Its Unintended Consequences

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Presentation by Alicia Farrell, Ph.D.

We are raising our children in complicated times where performance is valued over character. In such a competitive world, parents, educators and leaders are unwittingly passing on to their children pressure to be perfect. In turn, our children are feeling inadequate, anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, scared and tired. This talk is designed to address how we arrived at this place and what we can do about it. Here are some questions that will be answered:

  • What does it mean to be perfect and what are the consequences of trying?
  • How do we balance embracing our children’s imperfections with the importance of working hard and doing your best?
  • What are the benefits of failure and why is it critically important to our children’s development?
  • What are healthy, age-appropriate expectations and how do we communicate them without shame and fear?
  • How do boys and girls experience and respond to the pressure to achieve differently?
  • What is the relationship between the pressure to be perfect and the nationwide increase of anxiety disorders, addiction, and suicide in children and adolescence?

It is time for change. Knowledge is key. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn!

This program is appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

10-11:30 a.m. at Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton):  The presentation is free to attend, but registration is recommended either online or by calling 203.762.6334.

7-8:30 p.m. at Weston Library (56 Norfield Road, Weston):  The presentation is free to attend, but online registration is recommended.

Sponsored by:  Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Weston Youth Services, and Weston Library



March 20
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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