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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 54

Their attitude is as important as their achievements

What do you praise your child most for? Good schoolwork? Doing well in exams? Winning in sports? Passing grades in music?

Well done. If you’re a Rules parent you spotted that was a trick question and the answer should be: none of the above. Of course it’s important to congratulate your child on these things. They matter to them, so they’d be really upset if you didn’t care. But the things that they deserve most praise for are to do with their attitudes and their behaviour, not their achievements.

I know a little girl who really struggles to behave well. She wants to, but she’s so full of frustrations and angst that it just doesn’t seem possible to be good sometimes. Unluckily for ...

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