I know I'm not a perfect mom but there are a few things I've taken pride in as far as the rearing of my children. One is that there is never a shortage of compliments traveling from my mouth to their ears. I want them both to know each day, all day how proud I am of them (except of course when Hannah is flailing about on the floor because she has a wedgie. One so bad that if I didn't know better, I'd think was 23 inches up her tush). But now, I've just read, that once again, I'm doing it wrong. I read this article today http://TinyBy.com/7a about how NOT to talk to my kids. The gist of the article was that you shouldn't tell your kids they are smart. Woooooops! I tell Hannah she's smart at least 10 times a day because she, well, IS! And I've never thought, until now, that there's anything wrong with her knowing and believing that. The article said that instead of praising our kids for their smarts, we should instead praise our kids for their "efforts" because then they will continue to show effort. If we tell them they are smart, they will start taking the easy way out.