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Nobody's perfect. To the adoring eyes of a small child, it seems that his or her larger-than-life parents know everything, can do anything, are always right. In short, they are perfect. Alas, as those of us who have been around a little longer know all to well, that perception is only an illusion. Even the best and brightest have frailties and imperfections.
And its best that children learn this early on. Because children who are taught that everyone-even a parent, even a grand-parent, even a teacher - makes mistakes, can feel free to grow up trying to do their best and to take calculated risks without fearing failure. To help your toddler learn this lesson.
Dont' demand perfection in your toddler. Expecting more than your toddler can deliver may be daunting, discouraging and damaging to his or her self-esteem. Expectations should be not only age-appropriate but tailored to your child's temperament and abilities.
Dont' demand perfection in others. Be accepting of the imperfections in those around you.
Dont' hide your mistakes from your toddlers.