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  1. Mr. John

    I think this approach is absolutely essential to enhancing a healthy self-concept. “Catching him being good” is so critically important to reinforcing appropriate behavior.

    I would also caution that “false praise” is potentially destructive as you alluded to in suggesting avoiding praising attributes as opposed to behaviors.

    Encouragement to succeed goes hand in hand with this positive approach. Praise must be earned but encouragement is “free” and can be given unconditionally.

    I loved the comments you delivered after your children followed the expectation of putting their shoes in the basket when entering the house.

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