"Honey, you're so smart"! "Sweetie, I've never seen a more incredible painting. What talent!" Yes, you love your child. But instead of praising your child to the stars, try praising your child's efforts ("You really worked hard on your homework. You should be proud of yourself" rather than "Another A? You're a genius!") Why? Despite our good intentions, studies have found that praising children's accomplishments can chip away at their self-esteem and motivation..."
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