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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 28

Use praise wisely

Well done! You’ve made it to Rule 28. You’re nearly a quarter of the way to being a fully paid-up Rules parent.

I hope that made you feel encouraged – that’s the purpose of praise. And we Rules parents know that if we’re doing our job properly, our praise will be one of the biggest motivators for our kids. You wouldn’t let their birthday go by without giving them a present, so don’t let good achievements go by without giving them praise.

Ah, but it’s not quite that simple, is it? How many parents do you know who don’t use praise as wisely as they might? You have to give them the right amount, in the right way.

The expression, ‘You can’t have too much of a good thing’ certainly doesn’t apply to praise. That doesn’t ...

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