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Smothered In Praise: Recognizing Children for Their Effort

“She’s so advanced!” beams the proud parent. “He’s just so smart!” boasts the doting grandmother. So goes another day in the Lake Wobegon land of a pediatric office, where all of the children are above average.

Not to disparage anyone, for who would contest the prerogative of kin to exult their beloved child?…