3 ways to effectively praise your child

 

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."

This image is sourced from Kidsmatter.

This image is sourced from Kidsmatter.

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”.

Sarah Cameron