How Not to Talk to Your Kids By Po Bronson

I found How Not to Talk to Your Kids to be very interesting, mainly because I’ve never thought about the way praise can affect children and their abilities. I never knew that different types of praise can affect anyone, really. At first, I didn’t think this essay would be very interesting because I can be a bit of a harsh reader sometimes. But after I started reading about Carol Dweck’s study on the effects of praise, I found it very interesting. The narrator explains that praise can be used for different things. (S)he explains that parents use praise to soften the intensity of certain environments, and that is something I have experienced personally so I also found that part very interesting. I would love to see this experiment in person and see how the children react to the different tests and obstacles they were given.


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