I have just read an article entitled “When being called ‘incredibly good’ is bad for children”. The study suggests that what they term “overpraise” can actually be very negative for a child’s self-esteem. What they call “overpraise” is not as inflated as you might thing generally comprising of any comment that includes an adverb such as “really good” rather than simply “good”.
After reading “ToddlerCalm” the other day (see my book review here: http://wp.me/p4eir3-5S) I find it incredibly interesting as Sarah Ockwell-Smith, the author, takes a very similar standpoint.
As parents we want to make our children feel as loved and secure as possible but maybe it is actually counterproductive sometimes.
Some food for thought for me today.