Praise and encouragement help parents to be more positive, it reduces conflict, promotes cooperation and reduces the likelihood that young people will engage in risky behavior. A compliment, a gesture, a facial expression, a simple hug, or a high-five can generate self-worth and pride in children.
As children grow older, gaining approval from a parent or guardian becomes very important in their lives. Here are the benefits for children if they receive praise and encouragement:
• Children learn who they are and the things that they do are pleasing to their parents and caregivers.
• Children develop a personal sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
• Children who believe they have self-worth go on to treat themselves and others positively.
• Children with positive self-worth tend to get better grades in school, do not get discouraged easily, and have more productive lives overall.
• Giving compliments strengthen your bond with them and enhance your relationship.
Make your own positive phrases by saying what you feel in your heart each time your child makes you proud. You can adapt your praises depending upon the age of your child and their own level of understanding.
Even if your child does something badly, always try to look for the positives in any situation. There is nearly always a bright side to focus on, and children and parents alike will all benefit from taking the positives, rather than the negatives, from any situation.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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