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How to praise children effectively February 14, 2007

Posted by David in Children, church-kids, Encouragement, Motivation, Parenting, Sunday School, Teaching.
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There is an excellent article on encouraging and getting the best out of children called: The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids

It basically explains that certain types of praise can be detremental.

When parents praise their children’s intelligence, they believe they are providing the solution to this problem. According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart. In and around the New York area, according to my own (admittedly nonscientific) poll, the number is more like 100 percent. Everyone does it, habitually. The constant praise is meant to be an angel on the shoulder, ensuring that children do not sell their talents short.

But a growing body of research—and a new study from the trenches of the New York public-school system—strongly suggests it might be the other way around. Giving kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from underperforming. It might actually be causing it.

Go and read the article, it is long but extremely interesting.

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