Praising a child for being intelligent makes no more sense than praising them for being tall/ short. Unlike complementing a child's stature, praising a child's intelligence, or sporting ability, can negatively impact their achievements. Tell a kid they're smart and they'll assume every intellectual endeavour ought to be easy for them, and shirk challenges where there is a risk of failure.
On the other hand, tell a kid you're proud of how hard they've worked on something, and they'll feel good about applying hard work to other challenges that come their way.
Posted on 2015-02-03 12:19:40