Addicted to Praise: How Parents Create Risk-Averse, Needy Kids through Lavish Praise

After two generations of ‘experts’ telling parents to lavish their children with praise, the science now says what your great-grandparents knew — empty accolades produce needy kids who focus on people-pleasing but can’t find joy in the work itself. Paul Underwood writes in The New York Times that there is a way to praise a child that fosters individual initiative, self reliance, prudent risk taking, vigorous diligence, a proper view of failure, and that ultimately leads to success.

Paul Underwood’s NYT column: “Are You Overpraising Your Child?

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