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The Power of Praise

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Regina Wright

At school, home, or play children often hear, “Good Job!” Praise at times can be powerful even magical to a child, but when used repeatedly it can also have negative effects on children. Suppose you repeatedly say, “Good job!” to a child after he finishes his vegetables during dinner. Are you suggesting that he should overeat? Is it possible that telling children they’ve done a good job may have more to do with our need to control than offering them the emotional support that they need to foster positive growth and development?

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