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Tiger Mothers and Praise Junkies: Children, Praise and the Reactive Attitudes


  • Judith Suissa

Correspondence: Judith Suissa, Humanities and Social Science, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, UK.



In this article, I look at some discussions of praising children in contemporary parenting advice. In exploring what is problematic about these discussions, I turn to some philosophical work on moral praise and blame which, I argue, indicates the need for a more nuanced response to questions about the significance of praise. A further analysis of the moral aspects of praise suggests a significant dimension of the parent-child relationship that is missing from, and obscured by, the kind of parenting advice exemplified by the discussions of praise with which I began.

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