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Four Ways To Better Praise Your Children

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – From the moment they’re born, parents want the best for their kids — helping guide, teach and encourage them as they grow.

One way parents do that is with words, especially praise. But is all praise good praise? There was a test conducted to find out.

Nine upper elementary schools volunteered to be part of the study, led by Kristin Schaffner, who’s getting her PhD in school psychology, and works with children at a child development center.

Schaffner gave each child a puzzle to solve, working with each of them individually.

For half of the children, she praised them for their intelligence, saying things like, “I can just tell you are a really smart kid.”

The other half, she praised for their effort, saying words like, “I can tell you’re really trying your best and working hard.”

After each child tried an easy and then a challenging…

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