Elder St. Porphyrios on Helping Children…
You need to be careful when you encourage children. You mustn’t say to a child, ‘You’ll succeed, you’re great, you’re young, and fearless, you’re perfect!’ This is not good for the child. You can teach the child to pray, and say ,‘The talents you have, have been given to you by God. Pray and God will give you strength to cultivate them and m a way you will succeed. God will give you His grace.’ That is the best way. Children should learn to seek God’s help in everything.
PRAISE is harmful to children…the person who praises us leads us astray and perverts the paths of lofe;;;Praise does not prepare children for ^
on difficulties in life and they grow up badly adjusted…”
– ‘Wounded by Love’