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8 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make (#4) Parents Aren’t Specific with Their Praise and Praise Too Frequently

Parents Aren’t Specific with Their Praise and Praise Too Frequently

Most praise children get from parents and teachers is far too generic (8i.e. great job, you’re a good boy) and the praise is far less frequent than we think. In fact, children receive 45% more negative feedback in a day than positive. Praise that is non specific make children less motivated, less self-confident and they will have a harder time dealing with failure. When we are specific with our praise children also understand what it is we want repeated and are more likely to repeat it. An example is (non-specific “good job”, specific, “I liked the way you were so patient with your sister when she was pestering you and your friend”.