The Power of Praise: The Most Powerful Tool

December 8, 2021

One of the most powerful tools you have to encourage good behavior from your kids and build a strong relationship is praise. Today, Dr. Phelan talks about where praise can be most effective, and how to do it in a way that feels genuine and authentic for you and your children!


In this video, Dr Phelan discusses:

  • What types of things should parents be using praise for?
  • Is there a right and wrong way to deliver praise?
  • You talk about 2 things that parents can do to make praise more effective?


What are some examples of verbal or nonverbal praise you would use?

Say your child is doing their homework and working on their handwriting. You can say, “Wow! Your handwriting is coming along really well!” This is an example of verbal praise. An example of nonverbal praise would be coming up to your child while they are working and putting your hand on their shoulder.


Why do parents use praise less as kids get older?

One of the reasons is expectation, as kids get older you expect them to be more responsible. You may think, “Why should I praise someone just for doing what they are supposed to be doing?” but we forget that these are still kids and that even as they grow older praise is a very powerful way to encourage positive behavior.


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