Being parents at times means being cheerleaders for your kids, praising them when they do well. But how do you know when it becomes harmful or turns into you spoiling them? At times it can seem challenging, so here are some tips on how to keep the right balance of praise.
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Whether they get an A on a test, score a goal or climb the jungle gym by themselves, parents are always looking for opportunities to praise their kids. And why not, children need encouragement from their parents to help build their self-esteem, confidence and sense of self. Or do they?
Researchers have actually found that too much praise can actually do the opposite. That constantly praising your child for their efforts can lower their feelings of self-worth, belittle them and hinder their growth.
However you don’t to go too far in the other direction, not giving your kids enough praise will make them feel as if they aren’t good enough or that you don’t care. So then how do you know what amount of praise is the right about?