As the eleven plus approaches, once again, we have to believe that success breeds success.
If the eleven plus child is offered continual negative statements, vibes and dressings down then it is possible that, in some cases, the child may become de-motivated. Of course some parents know their children very well and feel that it is essential to keep nagging.
There may have to be a balance between allowing the eleven plus child to approach the examination with a negative emotional state – and that of a parent offering unrealistic praise. It is likely that most children will keep working if they feel comfortable about the prospect of the examinations and if they feel that the expectations of their parents are realistic.
Praise probably offers a positive incentive to keep learning – while blame may inhibit a child.