You’re a good parent. You want to help your kids grow up to be happy and successful. So, when you notice them doing something right, you jump in with praise and encouragement.
“You’re awesome! Way to go!”
But is all that encouragement doing what it’s supposed to? Does praising children this way send the right message?
Turns out the answer is, yes and no.
You’ve got the first part right – as parents we are our children’s first and foremost cheerleaders. Our children need to hear encouragement from us to go on to have a healthy level of self-confidence and eventually a healthy self-esteem.
The key however, is to understand what kind of praise is appropriate in which situation.
Think of praise as water. [Read more…]