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58 Post author: daenerys 25 November 2012 11:33PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 25 November 2012 05:53:25PM 3 points [-]

No, that's a horrid drawing. I can't tell at all what it is. I could do better in 5 seconds. I will probably throw it away as soon as you forget about it.

Man, except for the 'I could do better' part (I can't), I tell my kid this all the time.

Comment author: Emile 26 November 2012 09:08:17PM *  2 points [-]

That's harsh! Do you have a particular reason to do that?

(I'm genuinely curious; my personal inclination wouldn't be to do that, though of course it is true of my kid's current drawings, he's two years old)

Comment author: Strange7 27 November 2012 02:18:09AM 4 points [-]

Praise means more when it has to be earned.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 27 November 2012 04:21:14AM 2 points [-]

Especially for little kids, you don't want to make praise too hard to get.

Comment author: ialdabaoth 27 November 2012 04:32:51AM 4 points [-]

Exactly. "What is it? <pause to listen> I think I see it! I bet you can do even better next time!" is far less discouraging than "that's horrible, I can't even tell what it is!"

Assuming that your goal is to construct a well-functioning mind, that is. (Which I hope is the goal of everyone who decides to make a child)

Comment author: Strange7 27 November 2012 10:32:24PM 2 points [-]

It's a tricky balance. I don't agree with Esar's strategy, but I can see the logic behind it and was trying to share that understanding with Emile.

Comment author: [deleted] 27 November 2012 01:52:09AM 2 points [-]

Well, the kid I'm talking about is 8, so he can handle criticism better than a preschooler. To my credit, he is an awesome artist.