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"Do you think I'm smart?"

"Of course I do, sweetie!" Not so fast. Before you rush to reassure your child she's a genius, hear how these three top-selling parenting experts suggest you respond instead.

By Leslie Crawford

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Carol Dweck on 3 things for true success

Telling children they're smart makes them believe "smart" is either something they have or don't have and so squelches motivation, says Stanford University psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck. Instead, explain that if they're doing these three things, your kids are on the right track.

is a senior editor at GreatSchools.