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Use Positive Language, Not Praise
Children need to know that their parents are behind them, so we tell them what a good job they are doing and how proud we are of them. More specific positive language can be just as supportive and more beneficial, though. Telling your child that you see how hard they worked on their painting and that you like the many colors instead of a general “good job” will help them to look at their work more closely and feel pride in it. If a child hears that they are doing well in specific areas, they are more likely to believe it and gain confidence in their work. Confident children are independent children!