When parents and educators launched the “self-esteem” movement in the 1980s, lavishly praising kids and handing out trophies to all, they expected everyone would try harder. But the opposite was true. Coddled kids became softer, slower and less likely to persevere.
In other words, they didn’t learn grit.
“This is not a gritty generation,” says Caroline Adams Miller, a Bethesda-based author and speaker. “They become overwhelmed easily because they’ve been protected from failure.”
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