How can praise, encouragement and rewards help your child?

How can praise, encouragement and rewards help your child?

No matter how old your child gets, a little praise and encouragement will always benefit your child and give them the boost to try out things further. Praise is when you like something your child has done. It nurtures their self-esteem and confidence. Words of encouragement have positive effects on children.

Praise, encouragement, and reward are all interconnected. You praise them when you are happy with their behaviour. You encourage them when they have finished a task or job successfully. Praising can encourage them to continue doing things and taking up new activities. And rewards are a consequence of good behaviour. It’s a way of telling “well done!”.

Praising children on their good behaviour or good deeds leads them to repeat the same behaviour in the future. It can be used to change bad behaviour among children. But it can also lose its impact if it’s done on a regular basis or if your child has done nothing. It might make your child feel that she doesn’t have to do anything to be praised.

Encouraging words are motivating, they give your child a boost to go ahead and try out new things. It instils confidence in children and helps in increasing their self-esteem and how they see themselves. They turn out to be more optimistic about their future endeavours however small it might be.

Rewards are the result of good behaviour. They are an indication of praising and encouragement for your child. Like praises, rewards shouldn’t be more often too. But it surely paves the way for repetition of good behaviour. Rewards shouldn’t be mistaken for bribery.

Try and complement the smallest or even the little efforts they put in.  They don’t have to be successful in their endeavour, they can be praised for their efforts to improve and work on it. Try to praise them or use constructive and positive words instead of using criticism.

Accept the fact that each child is different and does things at his own time or pace. If he is not at par with other children then motivate them to not feel bad. Let them know that good thing takes time and he’ll eventually achieve his goals. Praise both their efforts as well as their achievements. Ensure that your praises are honest, sincere and specific. But remember not to overdo it.

Praise, Encouragement, and Rewards are very beneficial for your kid. It improves their self-esteem and boosts their confidence. It helps them in the future to deal with difficult situations. It gives them the motivation to achieve greater heights and take up new initiatives and activities.

It also enhances their level of perseverance to achieve their goals. It encourages good behaviour in them and also makes them compliant to the rules and regulations to be followed. When your child is learning a new skill, praise and encouragement can help them to pursue it till they achieve it.

SUMMARY

A little praise and encouragement will always benefit your child and give him the boost to try out new things.
• Praise nurtures their self-esteem and confidence.
• Praising children on their good behaviour leads them to repeat the same behaviour.
• Try and complement the smallest or even the little efforts they put in.
• When your child is learning a new skill, praise and encouragement can help them to pursue it till they achieve it.
• Rewards are the result of efforts and good behaviour.
• Praise, Encouragement and Rewards together can do wonders to your kid emotionally.

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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