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Praise: how and why we should give it to our kids


Welcome to another of our parenting Google hangouts with Beckie Whitehouse of Be Confident Coaching. Today, we are talking about praise and how and why to use it with our children.

We all like to be praised and recognised for our achievements and it is no different for young children who are often eager to please those who are constant in their lives.  However, it can sometimes feel awkward to give it or we are unsure how to praise our children.

Definition: Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.

Some of the topics we cover in our chat are:

  • What is praise?
  • Recognising achievements
  • How to praise
  • Why is it important?


Does your child look to you for approval?  How do you praise them?  Is it something you feel comfortable with? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.


Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Hi Helen, A friend recommended your amazing site to me and I love your blog. I'm a working mum as well, although, my kids are now 22, 20 and 18! (I'm not sure where all the time went?) I'd love to tell you being a parent is a breeze is once they can do stuff on their own, but I'd be lying. We've just insured our son on the family car's insurance and I think we may have to take out a second mortgage! I've been developing a new company over the last year and would love your thoughts as a working mum. JacDo is a subscription service for young kids, similar to Graze boxes and Just Fab shoes. Every month the child receives their own box full of fun, educational activities which cover all aspects of the National Curriculum. At present the activities are bilingual English/Welsh (I work part time in Welsh medium education in Cardiff) but there will soon be English/Polish, English/French and English/Spanish and also maybe English/Urdu. I would love to send our press pack and some samples to you to see what you think if that's ok? Just let me know where to send them and I'll get a box in the mail. I also think maybe we could collaborate on an event at some point if you'd be interested in that. I'm looking forward to hearing from you when you get a few spare minutes. Megan x


Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Hi there Megan - do drop me an email and we can chat :-D

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