Praise & Encouragement

The term “praise” refers to an expression of approval, admiration or commendation. Praising children by acknowledging their hard work and achievements is not only essential to the development of a child’s confidence and self-esteem, but it also gives the child feelings of pride and accomplishment. You can use praise as a tool to help change difficult behavior and replace it with desirable behavior. When you see desirable behavior, or another behavior you like, immediately get your child’s attention. Then, tell him/her exactly what you liked about the behavior. “Encouragement” is praise for effort. Praising effort can encourage your child to try hard in the future. You can also use encouragement before and during an activity to help your child do the activity. For example, “Show me how well you can put your toys away,” or “I know you’re nervous about the test, but you’ve studied hard. No matter how it turns out, you’ve done your best”. Some children, especia...
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