This tip from Dr. Rod Kennedy, author of the book "The Encouraging Parent." "If you just excessively brag on children regardless of their performance, it actually makes them more insecure and can lead to depression. What happens is, that children are not sure, because we tell them they are wonderful, inspite of the fact they know in their hearts they are not doing well," says Dr. Rod Kennedy.
Dr. Kennedy says it is a common problem among many well-meaning parents who think they are building confidence by showering kids with compliments. Instead, he says parents should give kids a realistic goal, with specific praise for a specific result. Again, the book is called "The Encouraging Parent" by Dr. Rod Kennedy