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The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids -- it basically says that it's better to value the hard work of a child and say "you worked hard," rather than to tell them "you're smart," because if they feel that the praise is a result of innate ability they have no reason to exert effort--which makes them lazy and sets them up for discouraging encounters later on. Lazy kids!
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