An elephant never forgets. When they are too small to escape, we train elephants in captivity by shackling their ankles and staking them down. They try and try to tug away from their bonds; but they eventually learn they can't get loose. That’s when their “elephant memory” takes over. For the rest of their lives they remember that they can't get away. In the same way, when someone makes a careless or insensitive comment to a child like, “You’re not big enough to make the football team,” or “You aren’t smart enough to get into that school,” they drive a mental stake into the child’s mind that the child will never forget…which could hold them back for the rest of their lives. Take a minute to review the right and wrong way to praise your kids. And here are 10 specific compliments to give your children to help you get started.