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Should I praise my child?

“You did well!”, “Excellent Work”, “I am proud of you, my child”; these words of appreciation are integral to a child`s cognitive development. Praise nurtures your

child’s confidence and self-belief. Children love to be told how wonderful they are and what their parents, elders, mentors and peers think of them.

According to Michelle Macias, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, “Children consider praise- a reward in itself, and praise is a way to help them learn which kind of behaviours are acceptable.”

Good CBSE schools keep appreciation as a key tool for motivation for learners.It is essential for each learner at MOS to receive appreciation from the entire team of school leaders. The annual award ceremony held at school every year is proof to the aforementioned statement. The accolades are rewarded to a maximum of learners covering a variety of categories to applaud the vivid talents mastered by them.

Effective Ways to Praise Your Child

Look Them in the Eye- According to a popular expression- ‘The eyes say it all’, one must look into the eye of their child while speaking to them. Making eye contact while talking to the listener accounts for truth in the words of the speaker. Therefore, being a parent, always while praising them for their slightest effort, the parent must make a good eye contact as the child`s eyes will convey the outcome of their communication.

Choose Words Wisely- When it comes to praise, it’s important to use language that is appropriate for your child’s developmental stage. As your children get older, use words that reflect their experience and show understanding and empathy.

Pay Attention to Little Things- Children thrive on attention as it makes them feel nurtured. Being a parent, always note the smallest effort made by your child and unfailing praise them for it.

Knowing the Right Amount to Praise

Too much of praising may lead the children to astray. When after repetitive instructions the child is not behaving or mending his way then the praising must stop. Rather the parent should try to make them understand that the wrong behaviour is no more acceptable and the child needs to rectify in order to further receive any appreciation.

Trending CBSE schools give equal appreciation in both academics and co scholastic areas of learning to encourage students find their niche. The rule of 100% participation and varied opportunities to explore helps children express themselves and maximize their potential.