Wise parents help their children -- not with false soothing, distractions or praise -- but with probing observations. For instance, you might say, "I noticed yesterday that Sally didn't want to play with you. Do you have any ideas of why that might be?" With some guidance, the child might respond, "It could be that Sally is having a bad day. Or it could be because I didn’t share."
Learning to accept criticism and evaluate one’s behavior empowers a child for life. Read the full article here.