Praising effort can encourage your child to look for challenges and to try hard in the future. Praise should be given mindfully and take into account a child's age and abilities. Effective praise can motivate children.
Here are 3 ways to effectively praise your child:
1. Praise the strategy
For example, “You put your shoes on by yourself!”
2. Praise with specificity
For example, if your child draws a picture, provide feedback — not judgment — on what you observe: “Those clouds are big!” or “Boy, you sure used a lot of blue today!”
3. Praise effort
For example, "Wow, you have worked really hard on that painting."
A brilliant Stanford University researcher Carol Dweck says “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning”.