Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is liberty - Will Durant
The answer isn't as obvious as we may think.
While most of us think praising and complimenting kids is a good thing, there is such as thing as unhelpful praise.
How do we praise kids so they feel motivated but not inadvertently overinflate their ego? How do we reinforce behaviour without causing a complex where they feel like our approval is contingent on performance.
I've outlined 4 key ideas in the video
1. Be sincere and genuine
2. Connect with your kids as often as possible so your attention and approval is not contingent on only certain things that they do.
3. Don't make comparisons with other kids!
4. Refrain from complimenting them on things they can't control like their appearance or natural intelligence.
Sometimes kids have a hard time talking to you about things when they need the most help. Learn to use emotional intelligence and empathic connection to gain co-operation without the friction.