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The art of encouragement

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In the last few decades parents in many parts of the world have enthusiastically followed the positive parenting path constantly showering children with praise.  But for some giving praise for a job well done has become like a nervous tic.   “You finished your meal. What a guy!”   “That’s the best work I’ve ever seen!”   “You are such a clever little swimming girl.”   “You used the toilet. Let’s ring grandma and tell her what a clever girl you are!”   Most parents are well aware of the notion of praise but are we going too far? Parents and teachers can praise children so much that it becomes a little like water off a duck’s back and so lack any real meaning.    Children gain their self-esteem from the messages that they receive and through their i...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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