Praise is good. We all love to be recognized for a job well done, and we derive great satisfaction in doing it.

False praise sends a harmful message. Children build resilience when they bounce back from a screw up. If they are given praise for not doing their best, they begin to accept that second best is enough. Participation trophies say “everyone’s a winner,” rather than allowing kids to experience the sting of defeat.

Praise others often when given the opportunity. But only offer praise that’s deserved…


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