How Not to Talk to Your Kids
This is an interesting read on how to correctly praise your kids…and the potential harm of over-praising or always telling your kids they are “smart.” It stresses the importance of praising your kids’ effort, encouraging them to develop persistence and a desire to work hard at things, and not to be discouraged when something doesn’t come easily. It’s a bit of a longer article…but worth the effort. As it says in the article, “the brain is a muscle. Giving it a harder workout makes you smarter.”
It’s written by Po Bronson, an interesting author and lecturer. I’ve enjoyed skimming through some of his books (What Should I Do with My Life and Why Do I Love these People?)and reading his essays.