Practicing Praise
As a new mother,  I knew I wanted my son to have a very different childhood from mine. To that end, I read not just parenting books, but all the non-fiction books on communication and healthy relationships I could find.

One of the surprising things I learned is that praise done wrong can be damaging.  When our very young children do something that pleases us, we tend to clap our hands and say “Good boy! Good girl!” Even when we would never call our children “bad” for displeasing us, we still invoke the dichotomy. 

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