Ok. I’ve been a parent for 7.5 years now and all of the medical advice is exhausting, especially when you find out down the road that what you were told you should NEVER do is actually ok. (This happened with some solid food I was told to wait to introduce and some other things too.) One thing that we’ve always been told to do is encourage your kids. Make them feel valued. There’s definitely something to it and it seems like solid advice, right?
Well now experts are saying that praise can actually backfire, and make kids feel WORSE about themselves. It all makes my brain hurt! I stick to my whole thing about following your gut, and doing what you feel is best for your child and your family.
Stop the press! Past parenting books may need to be re-written following research that looks at the effects of praise on children. According to the Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE) at the University of Amsterdam, parents have a tendency to lavish the most praise to children with low self-esteem.