TMW Tip: Praise the effort


  • September 30, 2016
  • /   Shannon Nickinson
  • /   early-learning,TMW-Tips
Child playing with a number puzzle

Students at Jamison Street Preschool in west Pensacola engage in center-based, interactive learning throughout the day. Credit: Shannon Nickinson.

The right kind of praise is vital for building your child's ability to solve problems and think critically later in life.

That's why the Studer Community Institute staff highlighted that advice and more from Dr. Dana Suskind's book, “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain.”

Have a listen: here

Praise your child’s effort — ”You worked so hard on that puzzle and you finished it. Great job!” — rather than just praise the outcome — “You are so smart.”

The difference may seem subtle, but research shows that children who are praised for their effort are less likely to give up when faced with a challenge.

For more advice, check out TMW Tips: Building Your Baby's Brain, linked here.