Saturday June 6, 2020

Inside Story: The perils of praise

Telling your children how clever and amazing they are all of the time can be just as damaging as not praising them enough. Justine Delaney Wilson reports.

31st August, 2014
Constant positive enforcement by parents can be harmful to children's development. Picture: Getty

Let’s face it, your kid is smart. And you make sure you tell them that – two, five, ten, maybe even 20 times a day. Why? Because you believe this positive reinforcement will ensure your child achieves success in whatever they choose to do. In a random poll of Irish parents, the common reason given for consistent and regular praise was instilling confidence and self-belief in their child.

Among Dublin parents, the practice has...

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