Praise is a powerful thing. When done correctly, it can motivate, raise self-esteem, and inspire confidence.
When done incorrectly, it can do the exact opposite. Praising your children CAN be harmful.
I read NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children several years ago and it had a profound impact on my teaching and parenting. I could summarize the authors’ argument, but this video does it better.
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