Parenting - Behaviour | 0-18 yrs

Using Praise To Motivate Your Child

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Praising your child can have a powerful and positive effect, that acts as a great motivating factor. Children feel happy when someone talks high of them. If their efforts in achieving something are praised, especially by their parents, it boosts their self-confidence and motivates them to aim higher.

An article titled Praise, encouragement and rewards, published in raisingchildren.net.au suggests, ‘No matter how old your children are, your praise and encouragement will help them feel good about themselves. This boosts their self-esteem and confidence. Sometimes rewards can be useful too, especially if you want to encourage good behaviour. You can praise children of different ages for different things. You might praise a younger child for leaving the park when asked, or for having a go at tying his own shoelaces. You can praise teenagers for coming home at an agreed time, or for starting homework without being reminded.’

At the same time, too much of praise can also ruin a child’s behaviour. It might bring in complacency and overconfidence, and the child might become lethargic. So, how could one praise children effectively, to get them motivated?

According to bestofparenting.com, there are certain ways to praise children to motivate them, and a couple of them are:

• Be selective in your praise – praise everything your child does and he or she will either discount what you are saying or become dependent on praise for self affirmation. Don’t overdo it.

• Praise the effort: When we focus on our children’s effort, rather than their achievement. we encourage them to learn the art of motivation and self-evaluation: “Yes I worked really hard to get to this result so it’s worth making the effort in the future”.

If you want to know more about how to praise your child , please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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