Nothing grates on my ears more than the parent who greets every tiny action and utterance of their offspring with a sing-songy, “Good job!” If I were a kid I would hate that, too. It starts to make you feel like everything you do is a performance for an audience or judge rather than the spontaneous action of a being alive and awakened to the possibilities of life. Kids should be able to run around, climb, and go down slides without a parent standing there congratulating them. That takes their inner motivation and makes it external to the point they know longer know how they feel and what they feel like doing.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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