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.
NOT ALL PRAISE IS CREATED EQUAL
All this information was taken from a resource sheet by Talaris Institute. For more information, please visit their website!