We live in a culture that praises everyone as a “Winner.” When my kids played baseball their entire team got trophies, even though the team lost most of their games.
As you raise your teens in today’s culture, it is important to provide them with an appropriate amount of praise.
We all know the importance of praising our kids. And I agree, praising them for exemplary attitudes, attributes, deeds and accomplishments is vital.
But, I don’t think our society has found the balance here. Today, too many kids expect to be praised just for showing up.
The result is a gross sense of entitlement that virtually everyone disdains.
Praise is like salt. Too much of either can spoil both your meal and your child. Too little can leave both bland and unappealing. Just the right amount, however, can make meals and kids come alive.
So, rather than creating unappealing and spoiled kids, speak life into them by using praise with discretion.
Conversation Starter: Share your thoughts. Can you overpraise your kids?