This article is written by Fern Weis
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“Of course you’re good-looking.” “You’re the best friend ever.” “Who wouldn’t want you on their team?” Is there a parent out there (including me) who hasn’t praised a child in order to make him or her feel better? Sometimes it’s true, and sometimes we say it because we just can’t stand to see them hurt. Our kids usually know the difference. We’ve missed the mark and they tell us so.
This kind of well-intentioned compliment doesn’t work….