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Building your kid up

It is difficult being a kid.

You get congratulated for your first words, and then you get told that children should be seen and not heard.

Your first steps get publicized all over social media, then you get in trouble for wandering off. Sometimes children feel like they cannot do anything right, so it is important to build children up and give them kudos for their accomplishments.

I personally do not agree with participation trophies (trophies given out to everyone who shows up), or just telling the child they are smart. Praise them for specific accomplishments. Praise children when they get good grades, do something to help out another person, or do their chores without being asked. This way the child will know specific behaviors that are worth repeating.

How to Apologize To Your Child

As parents, we like our children to think we are invincible and the smartest person in the world. However, if our purpose is to raise children that can function in society and get great careers, that may not be the best thing to do. So, telling our children that we were wrong shows them that we do not know everything, and that apologizing when wrong about something is both good and healthy. The best way to apologize is to simply say that you are sorry, no long explanation is needed. This act will help a child grow and become an emotionally mature adult. Letting children know that you do not know everything, and helping them to research answers, will help them in school as well as the job market later in life.
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