Magazine article Work & Family Life

Encouragement, Not Praise, Motivates Children

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Encouragement, Not Praise, Motivates Children

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Encouragement, not praise, motivates children

Entitlement, the idea that life owes us something, is wreaking havoc on our kids' generation, says Amy McCready, author of an important new book, The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic.

"The entitlement problem spans culture and classes," she says. "It's not only about stuff. Entitled kids believe the world revolves around them. They expect things to be done for them-a path to happiness cleared and smoothed without putting in much effort themselves."

Whether you are in the trenches of the entitlement epidemic with children who can barely lift their feet so you can vacuum under them-or you are trying to ward off this behavior to begin with-the 35 tools McCready describes are for you. The "Un-Entitler Toolbox" strategies in every chapter will give you the confidence, know-how and even some specific, helpful words to use to rid your home of this entitled behavior.

The author suggests ways to deal with crying, whining, yelling children as well as strategies to cope with power struggles. She explains that when we help our children too much-and do things for them that they could do perfectly well for themselves-we are taking away extremely rewarding opportunities for our kids to learn from their mistakes, work toward and achieve a goal, tackle a challenge, collaborate, take pride in their work and build confidence for taking on challenges in the future. …

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