Truth-telling with kids

Instead of saying,

“You’re so smart! You’re so stupid. You already know how to do that? You’re terrific! You can’t do that yet.”

Why not try these instead,

“That didn’t work well, did it? Now you can see that glass breaks when it falls on tile. That was good pouring, but it’s easier with two hands. Isn’t it wonderful to learn to read?”

A child’s job is to learn and explore and see things. Why not keep our comments about the learning–the revelations, instead of about the worth or lack of worth in the child based on what they do or know (in comparison to others)?

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