Here’s an example of what i was describing yesterday about approval addiction.
Our son joins the cross country team in 10th grade and it was never about how well he ran.
It was about being part of a supportive team, developing relationships, setting goals, overcoming obstacles, persistence, recognizing progress, celebrating small victories unrelated to run times, and enjoying being a part of a loving community.
We gave consistent and positive feedback on traits like perseverance, courage, creativity, honesty, and perspective.
These are, after all, assets that last a lifetime, long after anyone remembers how fast you ran a 5k.
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