Here is an interesting article for parents and educators alike. I must admit when I first began teaching, I was certainly a praise junkie. It seemed like common sense, we all love praise. This article How Not to Talk to Your Kids puts praise in perspective and was a good reminder for myself.
I'll leave you with one thought from the article...“Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control. They come to see themselves as in control of their success. Emphasizing natural intelligence takes it out of the child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure.”