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I tend to pile on praise with a trowel, for my daughter, my husband, the dog, myself. So imagine my discomfort when confronted by a huge body of research, spanning decades, which posits the theory that praise and rewards are just as detrimental to children and adults as punishment.
Having taught meditation for a number of years and preached the benefits of being mindful and in the present moment, it has
At a recent social event, the conversation flowed until it came to the question: "So how is your daughter going?" It's a difficult question to answer when you have a medically fragile child.
I could argue that any pet doesn't really belong to us. They are sentient beings, with mind and heart and agency, so to think of them as belongings, like a new car or computer, is to flirt with a slavery mentality.