Praising the self has kind of a bad rap. It smacks - or so insist many - of pride, egotism, perhaps even selfishness. And so we often learn - and possibly at a very young age - to abstain from praising the self. Or if we do, we feel guilty. And of course if we don't praise the self, how can we possibly love the self?
Let's focus for a moment on a young mother or father. Their 11-month-old