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

praise

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.

 

2 Comments

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