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Effective Encouragement for Children

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Hey there parents and caregivers! Are you tired of hearing the same old generic praises like “good job” or “you're so smart” and feeling like they fall flat? Well, have no fear because process praise is here! Read on to learn about more effective encouragement.

Process praise is a type of praise that focuses on the effort and strategies a child used to accomplish a task, rather than just the outcome. It's like giving your child a high-five for their hard work and persistence, rather than just handing them a participation trophy.

But why is process praise so important? Well, for starters, it encourages children to develop a growth mindset. Instead of seeing mistakes as failures, children who receive process praise are more likely to see them as opportunities to learn and improve.

Plus, process praise helps children learn to value the journey as much as the destination. Think about it - if we only praise our children for getting an A on a test, they may start to think that the only thing that matters is the final grade. But if we praise them for their effort, persistence, and problem-solving skills, they'll start to see the value in the process of learning and growing.

So, what does process praise look like in action? Let's say your child is working on a puzzle. Instead of just saying "good job" when they finish, try saying something like "I'm so impressed with how you kept trying different pieces until you found the right one. You showed great persistence and problem-solving skills!" Or, if your child is struggling with a math problem, you could say "I'm proud of you for not giving up and for trying different approaches until you found the solution. That shows great critical thinking skills!"

But wait, there's more! Process praise isn't just helpful for children - it can be beneficial for adults too. By focusing on the process and effort rather than just the outcome, we can learn to appreciate our own hard work and growth, and start to see ourselves as works in progress rather than fixed entities.

So, there you have it folks - process praise is a win-win for everyone. It helps children develop a growth mindset, value the process of learning and growing, and appreciate their own hard work and progress. And hey, who knows, maybe it'll even inspire you to give yourself a little process praise every once in a while. "I'm so proud of myself for not giving up on this project, even when it got tough. I showed great persistence and determination!" Now go forth and give some high-fives for effort and hard work!

A child is painting and receiving process praise
Child Painting receiving Helpful Praise

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