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Family Flashback... Praise Effort rather than Intelligence Just the other day, my wife highlighted a Parenting

Family Flashback... Praise Effort rather than Intelligence Just the other day, my wife highlighted a Parenting

Just the other day, my wife highlighted a Parenting Approach to me… In Singapore, we always praise our kids for being “So Smart” “So Clever”, or just simply saying “Good Job!” However, studies have shown that we should praise kids for making the effort rather than just their intelligence. Children who don’t attempt things they won’t be successful at, may come from misguided praise. In fact, giving kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from under-performing. It might actually be causing it! Psychologist have found that “When we praise children for their intelligence,” “we tell them that this is the name of the game: Look smart, don’t risk making mistakes.” And that’s what the fifth-graders had done: They’d chosen to look smart and avoid the risk of being embarrassed. A few years ago Carol Dweck, a top psychologist, took 400 students and gave them a simple puzzle. ...

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