A Commentary on the “You Are Not Special” Commencement Speech

I don’t believe we need to criticize our children or ever point out that they didn’t do a good job at something. But when they do poorly, we cannot tell them they did great! I am never a proponent of lying about a child’s abilities or contribution and neither is our child. If they do know the truth or later find out the truth, our child will not view us in a favourable light. Even if they don’t find out the truth, we are not doing our child any service complimenting them when, instead, we could be helping them hone their skills, so that they can contribute their real talents to the world.

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