Can You Praise Your Kids Too Much?

Can You Praise Your Kids Too Much?

Is it possible to be too nice to your children? Yesterday I was listening to the radio and was reminded of that fact that the people with the highest self-esteem tend to be those on death row. Those who feel best about themselves are often criminals. Indeed,...
So Smart We’re Stupid

So Smart We’re Stupid

Every Friday my syndicated column appears in a bunch of newspapers in southeastern Ontario. Here’s this week’s, on the harm we may be doing by praising kids’ innate abilities rather than praising effort. There’s an awesome scene during the...

What Makes a Kid Terrific

Every Friday my syndicated column appears in a bunch of newspapers in southeastern Ontario. Here’s this week’s! A few weeks ago I ruffled some feathers by criticizing the propensity of schools to ensure that every kid, no matter their character, won the...