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I love the author’s approach — talk to an appealing little girl while recognizing that her mind is important. Praise her ideas, her thoughts, her hopes, and her dreams and skip over the fact that she’s an adorable little monster.
Just like we need to be careful about praising all kids for just being smart (while omitting the hardworking bit), we need to be careful about comments and praise based only on appearance. As my mom probably said to me, “beauty fades, but brains last until you get senile”.. well, she probably didn’t say that, but she should.