London: Praising your children can damage their confidence, according to a leading psychoanalyst. Stephen Grosz claims that comments such as "you're so clever' or 'you're such an artist' could also hinder their future performance at school, a daily reported.

He says that such 'empty praise' causes children to be unhappy as they come under pressure to live up to the false expectations.

Instead, he advises parents and teachers to bestow compliments less frequently and use phrases that congratulate children for "trying really hard".


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