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June 15, 2011

Guide Children with Encouragement

Author: JenniferMaster1

Encouragement is not just saying “good job” to a child, it is continually building a child. Children who feel good about themselves behave in positive ways. Here are some ideas to help us encourage these little people.

*Show Faith in the Child
Give your children credit. Have faith in them, show that you trust them.

*Look for Strengths

Get in the habit of finding positive things about your children.

*Insure Success
Divide up tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.

*Involve
Provide opportunities for everyone to contribute.

*Notice Improvement
Emphasize improvement, not perfection.

*Recognize Effort
Recognize effort, not just accomplishments.

*Avoid Criticism
You don’t have to make them feel worse in
order to get them to do better.

*Take Time for Training
At neutral times (not during the heat of the battle) provide instruction, advice, and
guidance in new tasks.

*One-on-One Time
One of the most encouraging things a parent or teacher can do is to give each child
individual time.
(Taken from “Discipline Tools for Tots to Teens” by Thomas R. Lee, Ph.D.)

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