A Freeing Sort of Love

Is it hard for you to praise your children’s work without adding a bit of constructive criticism at the end?

 It is for me. I usually sound like this:
 “You cleaned your room? Good job, it looks so much better. Except for the stuffed unicorn butt sticking out from under the bed – just put that away, and then you’ll be done.”

“You set the table? Thank you, that’s a big help! But could you come back for a second? The forks are upside-down and we need napkins.”

"You wrote a story? Aw, that’s great. This is so creative; good descriptions. But what is this word you tried to spell here? Maybe you wrote it in Norwegian?”

This is a problem.

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