Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Not all Praise is Created Equal

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I read an information sheet the other day about praise and I really liked it, so I decided to share! Praise is the practice of encouraging children by focusing on their efforts rather than their outcomes in order to build self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. Praise helps children understand that their efforts are appreciated, not just their accomplishments. 

At different stages of development, your child will require different types of praise.

Infants: This takes the form of smiling, hugging, holding and clapping. As babies get older, they benefit from praise that encourages them to safely explore their environment.

Toddlers: Praise that encourages exploration is the most helpful for toddlers. Research tells us that 3-year-old children are more likely to tackle challenges and to persist at a task, when their mothers have praised and encouraged their independence by age two.

Preschoolers: Encourage your preschooler to try appropriate and challenging tasks, like putting on shoes, and socks. Always acknowledge their efforts as well as successes.


All this information was taken from a resource sheet by Talaris Institute. For more information, please visit their website! 

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