We all want confident children, but research indicates that effusive parental praise can backfire. In one study, 80% of kids describe their parents' compliments as "not really true," "overblown" or "completely full of shit." Does this mean we're doomed to raise a generation of children who doubt themselves? Not if we stop praising them unnecessarily. Instead, parents should give their children truly daunting challenges that actually do warrant a flood of praise. For example:
1. Teach your child to do the Heimlich maneuver. Then, pretend that you're choking on a chicken bone. When your child "saves" you, thank him profusely, through tears. Be sure to tell everyone in the [...]
"'It's a lot of kids in skinny jeans, black Keds and gauzy scarves. Big fucking deal!' said [Bruce] Hackney. 'You can go on the L train and see the same people!'" -Former art dealer Bruce Hackney explaining what will be missed when Jeffrey Deitch closes up his downtown gallery to move to Los Angeles to be the chief honcho of MOCA.