Constructive vs Destructive Praise, Passing Babies Around, And Daycare

On this episode of the Powerful Parenting Podcast I answer a question from Ben:

If praise for helping someone is bad, what kind of praise is good praise? What about making the winning goal at a soccer tournament? Is good job OK, but taking the kid out to celebrate not OK? I also had a question about passing your baby around to friends and family. Yes if the baby is freaking out, you should console the baby, but if the baby can handle it, I feel like it is good socialization and preparing the child to be able to go to daycare without freaking out. I love your podcast so far, but I just wanted some clarification on these topics.

Thanks for your question Ben!

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2 comments
  • Arthur Haines

    Kevin, great material. Thank you for making this information available to folks. I especially appreciated you comments on holding infants and passing them around. Anyone who doesn’t understand respectful boundaries will not hold our child, and no one that our child is uncomfortable with will hold her. We feel (as you do) that holding our child is something that must be earned (no different than I would feel for myself–I would not hug or embrace a complete stranger in normal situations because both parties might be uncomfortable with that). Best wishes.

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