Research has shown that there are positive effects of praising children, but it depends on what kind of praise we’re dishing out. The problem with many parents hoping to boost their child’s self-esteem isn’t that they’re praising; it’s that they’r...
It has become common in recent years for parents to be warned about the dangers of praise. We are told that frequent praise, although intended to bolster a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, may instead create increased anxiety and ultimatel...
If you think you should always praise your child, you may be surprised to hear that research shows that praise, at least as we usually give it to children in this culture often backfires.
Psychologist Susan Bartell says that the biggest mistake parents can make is to overpraise their child or underpraise their child, and not to praise in a specific way.
Positive praise is far more powerful than ‘empty’ praise. A positive way to offer praise without overdoing it is a process called ‘mirroring’ which involves naming exactly what a child has done.
Psychologists have long warned parents to deliver praise with caution. The right words can build a child's confidence and self-worth, while the wrong words even when spoken with good intentions may do harm.
Parents often praise children with low self-esteem, in an effort to boost their esteem. But this inclination can backfire, and make children with low self-esteem less ambitious.
A lot of moms and dads struggle with finding the right balance when it comes to praising their children: How much is too much? How much is too little? Is quantity that important, or is it the quality of praise that really matters?
Let’s face it - As mothers and fathers, we all use the words, ‘no’ and ‘don’t’ more often than others. We tend to believe that we mean well in our remonstrations, trying to teach our children valuable lessons, or to get them to behave. Alternative...
For most parents today, giving your children a pat on the back when they succeed is second nature. With little children, it can be a teaching tool to help reinforce good habits.
A quiet, loving presence is deeply affirming to a child. Anything else can be a distraction and verbal clutter. Here are few simple tips to avoid overpraising your children.