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I think perhaps you should re-assess what your expectations should be for an 8 year old both in writing quality and in capacity for taking criticism. I know few, if any 8 year olds who can take criticism in the way some adults can, and fewer still who have any self-criticism at all. There can be a significant difference in quality between what kids produce ...


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If she's asking you which bits need work and why, that's a sign she's open to criticism, and that she trusts you to provide it. The thing about criticizing creative work is you want to be as specific as possible. "This part needs rewriting" is a completely useless criticism. If she knew how to rewrite it better, chances are she would have already done it. ...


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Maybe you should ask her teacher how she takes criticism in the classroom, if you can find a teacher that gives the student feedback these days. Personally I like to ask questions: "Do you think it would sound better if you did ........ " or "What if we put that sentence over here, read that do you like how that sounds? " Also try to get her asking ...


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You should absolutely probe deeper into why she feels unsafe at home, as that's very disconcerting. Regarding her relationship with her teacher and academics - I had a first grade teacher who was honestly the most negative and critical person I've ever met. For example, she would call her first grade students 'failures' for not coloring in their drawings ...


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Talk a lot to her. I know you already do that, but she needs to put her feelings into words. This way she will begin to self-diagnosis for the roots of those confidence issues. Everyone, specially girls, need to be able to talk their worries out of their chests. Get everyone in the house involved. If she has siblings, constant teasing won't do much good. ...



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