Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer is a British parenting counselor and consultant. She says that more specific praise – and, especially, gender-specific praise, would be even more valuable to the youngsters. Boys don’t react as well to gushing praise because they’re uncomfortable with anything that’s too emotional, so they might tune out words of support, Hartley-Brewer says, whereas girls soak up glowing superlatives. Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer, an expert on child development and parenting issues, draws on real-life examples from children and parents she has interviewed.