Teaching independence skills in the right way bolsters self-esteem, confidence, and the willingness to try new things.
Studies have shown that the most effective praise specifically identifies what the child do to achieve the goal, not the possession of an inherent talent or ability.
Children who are “smart,” “creative,” or “talented” know that these are aspects of which they have no control.
When children are praised for things they don’t control, they become less confident and more aversive to risk.
On the other hand, children who are praised for things they do control, they apply more effort in future assignments and are more willing to take risks.