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Health Tip: Help Kids Develop Healthy Ambition

Offer encouragement, but don't overdo it

(HealthDay News) -- Raising an ambitious child helps him or her become a successful adult.

Here's advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Love and accept your child unconditionally, and keep your expectations high. Don't expect perfection, but do look for empathy, integrity and generosity.
  • Support your child's passions.
  • Don't compare your child to anyone else, or discuss ways to be better at something. Talk about when a child has already done better and shown beneficial skills.
  • Praise your child's efforts, rather than just the achievement.
  • Show a child that no one wins all the time, and that the child should strive to do better next time.
  • Encourage the child to take control of his or her life, instilling confidence to deal with problems and make decisions.
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