Home > Mom's Life > Mom's Corner > Being a Good Mom > 9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

Slideshow Iconslideshows MORE

|

9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

6 of 10
Smiling mother holding happy son

Giving Excessive Praise


Encouragement can go a long way in fostering your child's self-esteem and pushing him to strive to do his best, but some of us have the habit of giving excessive praise even when a child's effort is lacking. The down side to this is he may never feel the need to push himself to succeed. (Think rewarding "participation trophies" to all players on the soccer field, a child expecting a higher grade for less work, etc.)

A study from Columbia University found that children who were continually told they were smart tended to avoid activities they didn't excel at for fear of failing. Instead of praising your child the next time he falls short, talk about what he could have done to make the outcome better and what he'll do differently next time. It's important to remember that failure teaches us how to accept disappointment and develop coping strategies to overcome obstacles later on in life.

Next: Micromanaging Her Friendships

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Healthy Smile Checklist for Kids
Have better dental check-ups with this free printable checklist that helps keep your child flossing, brushing, and smiling! Brought to you by Philips Sonicare.

Kindergarten Readiness App
It's kindergarten registration time! Use this interactive kindergarten readiness checklist, complete with fun games and activities, to practice the essential skills your child needs for this next big step. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top 10 Earth Day Books for Children
Celebrate the environment by reading some of these great children's books about Earth Day, recycling, planting trees, and all things green!

Prom Dress Trends for 2014
Check out 2014 prom dress trends inspired by celebrities’ red carpet looks, but with a price tag under $100!