Perils Of Over-Praising

January 9, 2014

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know the joy you get from seeing a child succeed, whether it’s on the soccer field or on a math quiz. You also know the feeling of watching your kid struggle and the impulse to help them through it. 

But a new study finds showering praise on kids with low self-esteem actually does more damage to their self-image.


  • Jessica Lahey writes about parenting for the New York Times and the Atlantic. She’s working on a book called “The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.”

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