Praise and Affirmation without Flattery

Heights Teacher and Mentor, Alex Berthe, discusses the importance of proper praise in the moral development of boys. Our culture tends towards two extremes: we are either overly critical, or excessively flattering. Alex helps us walk the mean as we guide our sons to a solid confidence in our love for them, and in their rock solid understanding of their identity as sons of God.

Alex Berthé

About the guest:

Alex Berthé

Alex Berthé, LCSW-C, joined The Heights faculty in 2016. He teaches seventh grade core and Spanish, and is a mentor to both middle and upper school students. Alex graduated from Columbia University in 2003 where he majored in political science. In 2011, he completed his graduate work at the Catholic University of America and earned a Master of Social Work. In addition to teaching, Alex is a Bethesda-based psychotherapist in private practice with a special interest in counseling families on child and adolescent development and marriage issues. Prior to joining The Heights, Alex was the Lower and Middle School Counselor at the Landon School, an independent school for boys in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served as the Director of the Tenley Achievement Program, a tutoring and character building program for underserved boys in Washington, DC. An All-Met soccer player in high school, Alex was a member of Columbia University’s varsity soccer team and maintains his love of the game through coaching. Alex and his wife, Andrea, have three children.

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