Stop heaping praise on your kids.
The Washington Post: I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it. And we’re hurting kids when we do. According to the journal Psychological Science, heaping praise on a child with low self-esteem only does more damage.
Parents sinking some kids with their puffed-up praise, study finds
NBC: Moms and dads who bathe kids in exaggerated flattery to boost low self-esteem are stifling the very children they hope to elevate, a new study shows. In experiments involving groups of about 1,000 adults
To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn
The New York Times: Everybody loves a messy eater. In a study published this month in Developmental Science, 16-month-old children were taught new names for foods like jelly and syrup, then tested to see if
When Being Called “Incredibly Good” Is Bad for Children
Parents and other adults heap the highest praise on children who are most likely to be hurt by the compliments, a new study finds. Researchers found that adults seem to naturally give more inflated praise
Books to Check Out: January 2014
Starting this month, the Observer will be publishing a list of recent books by APS members. To submit a new book, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Depression and Drugs: The Neurobehavioral Structure of a Psychological Storm by Martin
Findings, Not Intentions, Motivated Controversy
The following is in response to your cover story “Inconvenient Truth-Tellers” in the November 2013 Observer: As someone with extensive (adverse) experience saying things, based on research, that people inside and outside of the academy