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Should parents be proud of their kids?

I'm not likely to tell my kids I'm proud of them. Is that strange? Any time I think of it, it feels like I'd be telling them: "you did something or turned out someway that makes me willing to claim you as my own." In other words, somehow you lived up to my reputation or something.

I might say something like: "that seems like something to be proud of" or somesuch that is geared toward their own evaluation of their achievements. Or I might thank them for doing something, or tell them I love them, but somehow "pride" in them has always seemed a bit misplaced.

Should parents be proud of their kids? What does or should it mean if we say it? Should friends be proud of friends as well?

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