Let me tell you, when a perfectionist starts to learn cursive it is fun times.
“Augh! Look at this y! It’s horrible! Look at how messed up it is!”
“No, Alex. I’m not going to look at your messed up y. Finish the row, and then circle the y you like the best, and I’ll look at that one.”
“Z is hard too! Miss Amy says that she never mastered cursive z. Do you think I’ll ever be able to get it?”
“If you could write cursive letters the first time you tried, you wouldn’t need a cursive book. Just keep practicing and then circle your best z.”
And miraculously? This totally works. Circling the best letter, which I guess implicitly means disowning all the less-perfect ones, seems to shut off the perfectionist critic in her head. It keeps her practicing.
She can’t wait to be able to use cursive all the time: