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20 Positive Things To Say To Encourage Your Child

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You Did A Good Job Figuring That Out.
Problem-solving is a big part of developing and kids need lots of trial and error before really mastering things. Think: walking. Kids don't just sit down and think, Well fine, walking is too hard, I'm just going to crawl around forever. Instead, they like to figure things out for themselves.

Instead of telling them, "You're so smart!" try giving them less of a label and put more emphasis on the work that went into the accomplishment. I tell my daughter this when she figures out how to put her magnetic tiles into a cube shape. She wiggles with glee every time.