Fear of mistake making hits some kids harder than others. Mistakes are often hardest for boys, only children, and firstborns. As psychologist William Pollack, author of Real Boys , writes, boys are “shame-phobic.” Many boys will do just about anything to avoid losing face. They are also typically interested in all things powerful, which makes them averse to shame. Firstborns and only children often feel more pressure to do things right. When kids live in an all-adult household, they may see themselves constantly failing as they compare themselves to the grown-ups around them.
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