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The good girl curse


In the last few decades parents in many parts of the world have followed the positive parenting path, constantly showering kids with praise. For many, giving praise has been like a nervous tic:  “You finished your meal. What a girl!”   “That’s the best work I’ve ever seen!”   “You’re such a clever girl!”   As I wrote in my book Thriving, most parents are well-versed in the notion of giving praise but have we gone too far? What are we praising kids for? What do kids think about praise?   Author Kasey Edwards recently highlighted the Good Girl curse, where the use of excessive praise by parents can lead to compliance in girls. She claims parents use praise to socialise girls to be ‘good, enabling girls’ rather than ‘competitive and capable of realising their dreams.&rsq...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)


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