At home we cherish our children. When one of them possesses a talent or accomplishes something well, that child will be given heaps of praise. On the other hand, when one of them is not doing what is expected, the flaw will not go unmentioned. Meeting expectations is just that, and no extreme reaction need occur.
So, maybe it is my fault that my children are so blunt. Here are some compliments I have received...
oldest: "Of course I'm a dork, look at you guys!" In response to a flippant comment from me re. oldest's tendency to play WoW and laugh hysterically at Big Bang Theory. (Aww, she does love us!)
son: "You are beautiful mom...but not too pretty." A random comment from him some years back, trying to keep me from having a swelled head I assume.
youngest: "That is a princess dress! You look like a princess mom! But your tummy looks like a little baby is in there." While trying on dresses for a wedding, that dress was not a final choice! (at least it was a "little baby").
The flow of compliments in our home just keep flowing!