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The Problem With Praise

Every parent nowadays knows the value of encouragement and positive reinforcement when it comes to their kids. When they show good judgement, display good manners, or generally do the things we would like to see more of, we tell them how proud we are of them and what a good job they just did. It’s common sense, right? Reward the good behavior and discourage the bad.

But like anything, there is a point where too much praise starts to have diminishing returns, and even begins to have the opposite effect. Kids who are given a ton of praise for no real effort on their part can start to distrust their parents encouragement and stop making an effort to better themselves or try new things.

So where’s the “sweet spot” between too much and too little? When should we commend our kids and when should we hold back? I’ll tell you more of my thoughts on the subject in today’s video.

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