False Praise is Harmful to Kids?

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I don’t believe it!

Common sense is rearing its head again.

According to a CanWest News Service article, psychologists are now saying that false praise can be harmful to children.

Well, no shit, Sherlock!

According to the article, too much praise for too little effort can undermine children’s motivation. Too much of ‘good job’ leads to children becoming ‘praise junkies’, making them less likely to take steps towards independence.

Also, children who are praised too often, tend to then become more conscious of their own image, and by extension, more prone to cut others down.

I have had to deal with this with my children, and I personally can’t stand the fact that in a lot of cases, there is one first place prize, then everyone else gets a ‘participation’ prize. I try to instil in them that doing their best is its own reward.

I’m not saying that there is a problem in praising your child, but instead it is the type of praise that needs to be looked at.

Telling a child that they are so smart over and over again will not help them grow as individuals. But, telling them that they put in great effort is. That can lead to better effort in the future.

I can’t believe that something so common sense is actually being put out there.

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