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The secret to raising smart kids- don’t tell them they are!


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Sudha Kumar is a marketing professional and runs a marketing services firm, Prayag Consulting. She has made her foray into publishing through ParentEdge. Over the last two decades, she has learnt a thing or two about being a working mom. That said, her views on parenting continue to evolve, as she learns from her experiences, reading, and now, from her children!

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5 thoughts on “The secret to raising smart kids- don’t tell them they are!

  1. Ramya Rajesh

    Hi Sudha

    Great post! By praising our children for being smart or talented, we are, in fact, confining them to a golden cage.

    The world today is so dynamic that only individuals who can learn and adapt can do well.

  2. Sudha Kumar

    Thanks Meera and Ramya. Yes, I came across this research in a book I was reading and found it really interesting- I researched more and found out about the book Mindset, which is now on my already long to be read list :)

  3. Gayatri

    Great article, Sudha. Very interesting – ‘successful’ people are almost always not those who came ‘first’ in school/college, but those who kept trying and expanding their horizons. I agree that mindset is as important if not more, than innate talent that just rests on its laurels.

  4. Vidya Sury

    Hi Sudha! i wrote a post on Encouragement vs Praise on Parentous and Kritika, who commented on that post pointed me to this link. I think the title just about sums it up. :-) Encouragement is more valuable than praise since it sustains efforts. Great read! Thanks!


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