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New Studies Warn Against Harsh Discipline — And Exuberant Praise

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Two recent studies are setting new guardrails for raising psychologically healthy little humans. One warns that “harsh verbal discipline” may be more damaging than spanking. (Better to

transform angry attacks into teaching moments: “I just waxed this car and now it is dirty” vs. “You destroyed my Camaro!”) Meanwhile researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands caution thatover-the-top praise (“amazing!” vs “good”) can be counter-productive, particularly if your child’s made no effort at all, e.g., exclaiming “You’re an incredible little boy!” when your kid’s just pulled off the feat of sitting in his high chair.

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