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Listener Responses for Being Proud

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  • When my children were growing up and they distinguished themselves in school or sports, I always said something along the lines of “I am so happy for you! You must be very proud of yourself!” I said this for the same reason your caller expressed, that is, I didn’t feel I should be proud because it was not MY accomplishment. They should feel proud. Of course, other parents were telling their kids they were proud of them. I learned later, when my kids were grown, that they would have like to hear “I’m proud of you” from me – I guess the subtle distinction was lost on the youngsters – my bad (as they say, and I don’t, though I just did).

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