"Intelligent children feel something icky in praise. It makes them feel condescended to. Praise is a reminder that the praiser has power over them. It diminishes the child’s sense of autonomy, and, like a little pat on the head, it keeps them small.”
Punishment and reward/praise are two sides of the same coin - control. Do we want to manipulate and shape our children into what we want them to...
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How Praise and Rewards Can Be as Damaging as Punishment