... PLEASE go read this article. Even if you don't have any kids, Please Read This Article. If you ever were a child, vaguely know a child, or anticipate ever having five seconds of influence over a child... right... please go read this article. The whole thing. Slowly.
If it doesn't afford you at least two or three light-bulb moments of fairly noteworthy wattage, we give you permission to pass GO, collect your $200, and go have a glass of tea on the porch.
How Not to Talk to Your Kids; The Inverse Power of Praise
by Pro Bronson
New York Magazine
Take a few days to read it if you have to. Print it out. Get a highlighter.
Oh, man. This has been one of my hot-buttons for decades, and I am SO glad to see someone actually doing studies to refute all the ungodly self-esteem garbage that has completely infected our culture.
In a world run amok with super-inflated egomaniacs, it's high time somebody started passing out some hat pins. Hat pins backed by research, even better! Yessss.
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Wow, that was a good article. Think I'll go read it again. Discussion, anyone?