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5 Things You Should Know – Part 370

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  1. Jim says:

    Number One is pure psychobabble. Telling kids Thank You after they are doing what’s expected of them may be fine in a rare circumstance, but most often it is damaging. The child needs to learn respect of authority. You might say that telling a child thank you for obeying you is giving them a reason to respect you. It’s just the opposite. By telling a child thank you each time they do something required, you are shifting the authority away from you to them. Suddenly THEY are doing YOU a favor, by obeying you. If this is such a wonderful concept, then why doesn’t the military use it? “Private! Take ten laps!” “Yes, sir!” “Thank, you Private.”
    Children can be encouraged in other ways. They do not have to be rewarded with a thank you for doing what’s expected and required. This does not teach them responsibility. If you thank them for feeding their pet cat, then they are learning that if they don’t feel like feeding their pet cat, all they’re forfeiting is a “thank you.”

  2. demarke says:

    Jim is absolutely right

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